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good morning. haiti: one week later. the death toll now estimated at 200,000, 1.5 million homeless. but despite the odds, one husband's wish fulfilled as his wife is pulled out of the rubble alive. this morning, the dramatic rescue caught on tape. election day. is ted kennedy's senate seat about to go to a republican for the first time in 46 years? and if so, what does that say about president obama's influence and what does it mean for his agenda? and is he still alive? police release new images of 8-month-old gabriel johnson taken by his mother on the day he disappeared. she is charged in the case but is still refusing to talk, and
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investigators are growing more pessimistic about that little boy's fate today, tuesday, january 19th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. and you have to stop and listen to that number again. authorities now believe the death toll in haiti could reach 200,000. that is double the previous estimate. >> that's right, and the state department has now confirmed the deaths of 24 americans. some other developments. the u.n. security council has been asked to send an additional 1,500 police and 2,000 troops to go along with the 9,000 u.n. peacekeepers that are already in haiti. on monday, for the first time, the u.s. military air-dropped supplies of food and water into makeshift refugee camps. and the obama administration has eased restrictions on haitian
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orphans being adopted by americans, making it easier for them to enter this country. right now, about 60 are on a plane headed to pittsburgh, and we're going to have more on them in just a moment. >> we'll have more on this incredible rescue of a woman six days after that earthquake. her husband never gave up hope. on monday he heard a sound coming out of the rubble. that set off a dramatic rescue. their emotional reunion is coming up. >> incredible. and on a much different note, jay leno has made a lot of jokes about the late-night shake-up here at nbc, but last night he got very serious about what's going on and exactly who knew what. we're going to hear his side of the story in just a bit. but let's begin with the latest out of haiti. nbc's lester holt is in the capital of port-au-prince. good morning, lester. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we're beginning to hear some complaints from aid agencies here about conflicting and parallel lines of authority that they believe may be hampering the delivery of aid here. you've got the u.s., which is running the airport, you've got the u.n., which has de facto
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taken charge of the distribution, then you have the haitian government, weakened, but still overall in command here, and they have worries about that. and now, as they try to iron out those kinks, there are increasing worries those food supplies could be threatened by a deteriorating security situation. they have reached their breaking point. desperate, hungry people in the haitian capital on monday grabbing whatever they could. it's called survival. but for some, it comes at a price. >> it's not their fault. it's just they' starving. people are starving, they're hungry. they don't have no place to stay. they don't have nothing. >> reporter: for the first time, police resorted to tea gas and rubber bullets to disburse a crowd that got too close to an airport gate where food convoys began their journey, in contrast to other scenes -- >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: where people gratefully accepted proechsi ee >> the level of violence we see right now is below the pre-earthquake levels. >> reporter: as more food was
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delivered by ground and by air, former president bill clinton, who visited port-au-prince, acknowledged the slow start to the relief effort. >> it wasn't like there was anybody in charge, but it wasn't anyone's fault. it's because of the way the earthquake took out people in the haitian government. >> reporter: but as more food arrives in port-au-prince each day, just 12 miles away, we found that the community of leogong, suffering in a virtual vacuum. as many as 90% of the homes here have been destroyed. it took us a little over an hour to make the drive from port-au-prince to leo gong. much of the road is passable. as much as there is to do in port-au-prince, relief efforts haven't even started here. no one is coming. the now homeless monitor a radio for word from the outside. a car battery is the single source of electricity. they share what water and food they have. >> but we have a couple people in the big city, but over here, this is a remote nobody.
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nobody came help. >> reporter: the government who continues to build up forces here now says it will temporarily allow haitian orphans to come into the u.s. for care. bill clinton, who has deep roots in the country, is convinced with the world's help, haiti can recover. >> they can get out of this. they can build a mono state still. we can go back to what we were doing before the earthquake happened, but we've got to get through this tough spot first. >> reporter: and that, more than anything, is the hard part. this morning, a plane load of 53 haitian orphans is arriving in pittsburgh. pennsylvania's governor rendell is on board. he helped cut some of the red tape. those children had been cared for in an orphanage here run by two pennsylvania women who reportedly said they wouldn't leave without them. and as we told you, the u.s. now accepting haitian orphans temporarily, at least, for care during this crisis. meantime, search and rescue continues to go on.
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it's remarkable. a week and they continue to find people alive. so, no one isiving up hope that there are people still living in scenes very much like the one behind me. meredith, let's go back to you. >> lester, thank you. american dan woolley spent three days trapped in the rubble of the montana hotel in port-au-prince before being rescued. he is now back in the united states being treated at jackson memorial hospital in miami. he joins us along with his wife christina. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, meredith. >> good morning. >> thank you. >> this is such an incredible story of survival, dan. you were in haiti working on a film to help poverty-stricken kids there when this earthquake struck. can you tell us where you were in the hotel at that moment and what exactly you remember? >> sure. we had just come back -- my colleague david and i had just come back from a day of filming, and we were just heading into the hotel, heading up towards our bedrooms, and heading
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towards the hotel, and that's when the earthquake struck, and you know, just everything turned to chaos. >> he was in the lobby heading towards the elevators. >> did you immediately know that it was an earthquake, dan? >> yes, i did. just saw the walls rippling and just explosive sounds all around me, and it all happened incredibly fast, and david yelled out, "it's an earthquake!" and then we both lunged in a direction and then everything turned dark. >> you found yourself under six stories of rubble. as you said, everything's dark, you've lost your glasses, your leg is hurting badly. turns out it was broken. your head is bleeding. but you do have your camera and your iphone and you use those to help you. what did you do? >> yeah, when the things settled a little bit, i tried to look around. i couldn't see anything. it was complete darkness. but i feel like god gave me some
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tools to help me survive. and so, i realized i had my camera around my neck, so i just kind of focused it around, and it sends out a little light, and i would look around me, and i still couldn't see much, and i realized my glasses had fallen off my face. and so, then i took pictures all around me and then i would hold up the back of the camera to me and i could see what was -- you know, what the picture was of a little bit, and i was able to find an elevator in one of the pictures, and that was where i decided to hobble to to be in a more safe location. >> i'm amazed by the presence of mind you had in a circumstance like this to think of all those things. where do you think that came from? >> you know what, honestly, a lot of people were preparing for safety for this trip, and i work for compassion international, and there are a lot of prayers that go out for the work that we do, i believe that god was present with me and he wanted to see me -- he decided he wanted
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me to survive, and so, he was with me and helped me in those moments. >> you also came to the realization at one point that you ght not survive, and you keep a journal on you. you began to write good-bye notes, essentially, to family and loved ones, including notes to your sons, josh, who is 6, and nathan, 3. can you share some of what you wrote with them? >> yeah. yeah, i can do that. you know, i always wanted to survive, but i knew that that wasn't something that i could control. and so, i decided, if i had to go, i wanted to leave some last notes to them. so, here's one of my notes. "i was in a big accident. don't be upset at god. he always provides for his children, even in hard times. i'm still praying that god will get me out, but he may not, but he will always take care of you." this is my journal with a bit of my blood on it, of course, so. >> how hard was it to write those words, dan?
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>> oh, boy, i cried. and obviously, you know, no one wants to come to that point, but i also didn't want to just get found after having some time. god gave me some time to think and to pray and to come to grips with the reality. and so, i wanted to use that time to do everything i could for my family. if that could be survive and get out, then i would, and if that was just to leave some notes that could help them in life, then i was going to do that. >> chrisna, i'm looking at you watch dan right now. for 62 hours, you had no idea whether he was alive or dead. what kept you going through all that? >> yeah. i would say my faith in god and knowing that wherever dan was -- wherever dan was, that god was holding dan in the palm of his hand. i just didn't know if that was
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haiti or in heaven, and i was begging god that dan would still be in haiti, but i went through moments of despair, and i gave up several times, and i thought i'd never see dan again. >> after this interview, you're going to be heading back to colorado to rejoin your boys, who you haven't seen. what is that going to be like for you, dan? >> that's going to be a very emotional experience. i've talked to them several times on the phone, but to just hug their heads, and you know, touch their curly hair and just love on them and wrestle with them, as long as they don't hurt my leg. it's going to be amazing. >> well, you get home and hug those boys. >> a dream come true. >> absolutely. >> yes. >> dan and christina woolley, thank you so much for your time, and we are so glad that you are alive and well and on the mend. >> thank you so much. >> thank you, meredith. >> and now here's matt. >> all right, meredith, thanks.
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it's a great story. and we now turn to politics, where a lot is riding on the special election held today in massachusetts to fill the late ted kennedy's senate seat. the republican win would end the democrats' supermajority in the nate and seriously threaten the passage of health care reform. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in boston with more on this story. kelly, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. i bet you can recognize we're coming to you from boston's famed cheers bar, the kind of place where people have been fascinated by this little election with big implications, small because it is a one-race special election, so experts don't really know who will turn out, but the implications are huge for democrats' power if the republican candidate wins. on just about any other election day, republican scott bwn might have been a little-noticed underdog. >> go get them, scott! >> reporter: in a race where democrats, like martha coakley, pulled every advantage. >> we're going to be successful and i'm going to look forward to
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working with you! >> reporter: but this time, things are different in massachusetts. >> i'm excited. i'm energized. again, i'm not taking anything for granted. >> reporter: brown is a state senator with almost 30 years in the army national guard. you don't mention the republican party much in your campaign. why is that? >> i think people know i'm a republican. that's never been a secret. >> reporter: not a secret, but clearly not on display. no mention of being republican on brown's bus, signs or campaign ads. so, coakley made it a point in hers. >> in lockstep with washington republicans. >> reporter: coakley looked like a sure thing to succeed ted kennedy back on primary night, easily beating other democrats. well thought of as the state's attorney general, president obama made that case sunday, and that quickly turned into a coakley ad. >> as attorney general, she took on wall street and recovered millions for massachusetts taxpayers. >> reporter: but coakley appeared less at ease with some of the politics 101 in boston, when she confused a red sox
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legend with a yankees fan. >> scott brown has curt schilling, okay -- >> and another yankee fan. >> reporter: schilling campaigned for her opponent. >> i am not a yankee fan. >> reporter: to coakley's defense came ted kennedy's widow vicki, who tol nbc news there are bigger issues at stake. >> i think when people take the time to reflect on the issues and know what's in their family's best interests, they'll vote for martha coakley. >> reporter: with all the buzz and attention, treas been a lot of outside help coming in. the republican candidate has had some fund-raising assistance from big-name republicans, and democrats say they've seen a surge in the number of volunteers, doubling since last thursday to try to get out the vote for their candidate today, martha coakley. matt? >> all right, kelly o'donnell in boston this morning. kelly, thank you very much. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> before we talk about the implications of this race, let's talk about the latest polling. wh are we hearing? >> well, look, everything -- all
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the tea leaves say and point to a brown victory. everybody's wondering now what is the margin going to be? did the democratic enthusiasm and president obama's last-minute campaigning get the base out, get them to show up today and close that gap? maybe it's a four-point gap. but i'll tell you, some republicans are quietly saying they could win by double digits, which would ma the victory even sweeter to them. but let's remember one thing. it was about two years ago to the day, matt, that there was another woman running in new england that we were sure was not going to win. that was hillary clinton in the new hampshire primary. just a caveat. >> you listen to people analyze how this race has progressed, and there are really two schools of thought. one is that this is people turning away from president obama, in particular, independents. there's another, and i think much simpler, explanation offered by some, and that is that martha coakley has run a really bad race. what do you think of those theories? >> well, matt, they're both correct. in a good political environment nationally for democrats, a bad
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campaign and a bad candidate like martha coakley would win. in a bad political environment, a good campaign should have been able to survive in a state like massachusetts. so, the good news for democrats is there's enough ownership of this loss to share. it starts with martha coakley. you point that out. that's correct. she run an atrocious race. she never really realized she was in a competitive general election until about ten days ago. but the other fact is, this is now the third election in a row where we have seen independents who have been looking for change going all the way back to 2006. they fired the republicans in 2006, they fired them in '08, and now we're seeing, third election in a row since obama's election where independents have now sided with the out party, the republicans. >> and so much talk about this race and its impact on health care reform. if the democrats lose the kennedy seat and they lose their supermajority in the senate, does the president then turn to the house and hope he has the votes there to pass a senate-like version of that
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bill? >> it's the only path they think they have, and one thing the white house has indicated is that in the scenario of brown winning tonight, the one thing they don't want to do is somehow give up on health care because they feel like that all of the political capital that's been expended over the last eight months will have gone for naught if they get nothing. so, right now their only path is to get the house democrats to not just do a similar bill to the senate, but pass the exact senate bill, avoid another senate vote, so moderate democrats don't have to do this again and vote again, and get it on the president's desk in the next week. >> chuck todd in washington, like a lot of people, watching this race very carefully. chuck, thanks very much. >> you got it, matt. >> and now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. ann curry back from her reporting in haiti for us. good morning to you, ann, and welcome home. >> thanks. good to be back with you, meredith and matt. good morning, everybody. in the news this morning, in afghanistan, after a major assault by the taliban on monday that came within 50 yards of the presidential palace, there is stepped up security this
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morning. troops are searching cars and trucks entering the capital and have set up more checkpoints. two suicide bombings and a firefight paralyzed kabul for hours on monday, and the battle penetrated what is normally a safe area of kabul near the presidential palace, the central bank and other government buildings. at least 12 people were killed and more than 70 were wounded. in a drive to get congress to approve more than $1 billion increase in education grants, president obama goes to an elementary school today in virginia. also today, british candy-maker cbury accepted a sweetened takeover offer from kraft, the deal worth almost $19 billion, would create the world's largest maker of chocolate and other sweets. this morning, japan airlines, the biggest air carrier in asia, filed for bankruptcy. deep in debt, the company follows one of the biggest corporate failures ever in japan. a california company is recalling almost 400 tons of ground beef because of fears of possible e. coli contamination. the beef, which comes from a company called huntington meat
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packing incorpored, s shipped mainly to stores, restaurants and hotels in california. the company says it has received no reports of any illnesses so far. and today, a skydiver is celebrating what's a bit like threading a needle with a parachute. after jumping from a plane, he flew into a new zealand island formation known as the hole in the rock. look at that. he hopes to try it again some day to make it through all the way to the other side. as long as he doesn't have to break on through to the other side. it is now 7:19. >> wow. >> let's now go back to meredith and matt. >> i like that. that's very impressive. >> amazing. >> he should do it again. >> exactly. >> not us. >> exactly. >> meanwhile, al is still out in l.a., where the weather is pretty miserable. al, good morning to you. yeah, it is, meredith, matt. good morning. yesterday we got about two inches of rain in southern california. we got some video. this is from tujunga, california, where mudslides came in and just created a mess. this is the area just below
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where they had the big station fire. and of course, because there's no vegetation on the hillsides, you get this massive mudslide. we got another storm coming in. let's take a look at the maps. another storm is going to be coming in, caught up inhis jet stream. it is just a nonstop train of storms coming into california, caught up in this 200-mile-per-hour jet stream. you can see those storms lined up. we've got flash flood watches, we've got flood watches, high wind watches and warnings coming in. the radar shows right now the rain is to the north here. so, los angeles not getting any rain right now, but it' just getting ready to come on shore for another big area of rain. northern california seeing the rain. we're looking at anywhere from one to three inches of rai today, and then tomorrow a bigger storm with the potential of seven to good morning, mostly cloudy around washington now as we look at the radar, there's a little light rain falling in madison and green counties, drifting off to the northeast. maybe coming into culpepper and
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fauquier in the next hour or so. temperatures are generally above freezing, except a few isolated locations to the, in the suburbs outside the beltway, getting down into the upper 20s, near 30s there. 36 in washington. sun back this afternoon, highs low 50s. cool this la canada flintridge neighborhood, meredith, had over 100 homes evacuated yesterday. folks are back in their homes today, but they're going to be ready to leave again later today or tomorrow. meredith? >> with all that rain coming, al. thank you very much. just ahead, new pictures of missing 8-month-old gabriel johnson taken by his mother on the last day he was seen alive. could they also offer clues into what happened? we'll get the latest.
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coming up here on "today," jay leno tells his side of the late-night story. >> what he is now saying about his involvement in the original move to prime time and a pending move back to "the tonight show."
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one taste and you'll understand. delicious dunkin' donuts coffee -- pick some up to brew at home. america runs on dunkin'. good morning, it's mostly cloudy now, a few sprinkles around the central blue ridge, temperatures there above freezing, but it's a little below freezing now in the suburbs and washington. partly cloudy and cooler tomorrow. it could get chilly rain on thursday afternoon and evening, could mix with some sleet and snow late thursday night into early friday. ash i had linder, how's the traffic? >> a lot of delays around town, 66 east is slow off and on out of manassas to the beltway. 270 southbound, montgomery village, no accidents, but just slow. a and along the beltway, it's slow as well. coming up tonight on news4 at 5:00, lunch with lindsay and
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jason campbell. the redskins quarterback talks about what all the off-sea
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it's 7:30 on a tuesday moing. it's the 19th day of january 2010. we've got some nice people out on our plaza. some of these folks might have stretched out the long weekend to a full day weekend. whatever their reason for being here, we're happy they're joining us. we'll get outside with them in a little while. meanwhile, nu inside the studiom matt lauer along with meredith vieira. as you know, jenna wolfe actually grew up in haiti, and this morning she's traveled back to the area she calls home to see how the devastating earthquake impacted people in places she remembers most. we're going to check in with her in just a little while. also ahead, jay leno gets serious about the late-night situation here at nbc, and
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coming up, we're going to show you what he had to say to his audience last night. plus, the power of forgiveness. a lot of people talk about being able to truly forgive someone, but could you if you had really been wronged? coming up, we'll talk to one woman who wrestled with a tough choice after her ex-husband opted out of their child's life, then years later asked for the chance to reconnect. and you know, forgiveness is something that you think you do for someone else, but it can be very liberating for you as well. >> yep. but we begin this half hour with new developments in the nationwide hunt for missing 8-month-old gabriel johnson. his mother is charged in connection with the case, and now police have released pictures she took of gabriel on the day he disappeared last december. nbc's lee cowan has the details. >> reporter: ever since the 8-month-old went missing almost a month ago now, the pictures of chubby-cheeked gabriel johnson have captured the nation's heart. but it's these new pictures that police believe were taken in a texas hotel room that have his
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father more worried than ever. >> didn't look like him. didn't look like he was happy in those pictures. >> reporter: gabriel's smile is gone, his eyes are limp. and clenched in his small hand appes to be a medicine droplet. >> when i saw that picture, i started crying. he never looked like that before. >> reporter: police say the images were taken from his mother's camera. they impounded it after elizabeth johnson was arrested for gabriel's kidnapping. his father hopes they're not the last images he sees of his son, but he's beginning to fear the worst. >> i want to believe that he is alive. i just want her to tell the truth. >> reporter: but elizabeth johnson isn't telling anybody anything. police say she's refusing to cooperate with investigators, insisting the boy is alive but won't say where. >> how do you not at least provide information to say that your child is alive? i really can't even begin to wrap my arms around that. >> reporter: pole say a custody fight with the baby's father may have led to her taking him on a cross-country
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odyssey. at first, she bluntly told gabriel's father she had killed him. >> i asked her, "where is he?" and she said that "i stuffed him in a diaper bag," and she suffocated him with the diaper bag and tlerp him in a dumpster. >> reporter: but after she was arrested in florida, she changed her story and instead told investigators she gave the baby away to an unknown couple in texas. >> i want to believe that she did give him away so that maybe he's safe and he's with, you know, somebody that's taking care of him right now. >> reporter: but police are running out of leads. so far, they have two people of interest, jack and tammi smith, a couple who says they agreed to adopt gabriel weeks before he went missing. but they say they never saw gabriel and insist they've done nothing wrong. for a boy not even a year old, police say someone has to speak up soon. lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> lieutenant mike horn is with the tempe, arizona, police
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department. lieutenant horn, good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, meredith. thanks for having me. >> it's a pleasure. on friday, you told us that investigators believe that gabriel is alive, and then monday, yesterday, you told the press that the strong indicators he's alive aren't there to the degree that they were. what indicators are you talking about and what has changed since friday that makes you increasingly pessimistic about gabriel's fate? >> a lot of the indicators that we've had were basically information leading us to believe that there was a plan for some sort of adoption, possibly underground. we're not really sure. and there was some other indicators as well that we're not commenting on specifically at this point. some of those still exist, but clearly, they're not as strong as they once were, and as each day passes, clearly, we become more and more concerned. >> do you now believe there was never a plan for an underground adoption, as you say? >> you know, there are a number of different options here, based
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on elizabeth's own statements that when she went to san antonio, she either killed him or she handed him off to somebody else. we're continuing the investigation that either are a possibility, but we are hopeful that gabriel's going to be fnd alive. >> so, what are you doing at this point, lieutenant, to try to find him? >> there are a number of things that investigators are working on behind the scenes. the biggest thing that we need help on right now is from the public. over the last several days, the leads have started to slow coming in to us, and there are people sitting out there right now, possibly in the san antonio area, but people there who have information, who haven't called, who think they don't have that missing piece or they think what they have is very minimal. pick up the phone. call 1-800-the-lost, provide that information. it could be that piece that leads us to gabriel. >> let's talk about these pictures that the police released of gabriel taken in that san antonio motel, i believe on december 26th, the last day that he was seen alive. >> correct. >> do they provide any clues as to what might have happened to
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gabriel? >> well, we know that those photographs were taken at that san antonio hotel, and we believe they were taken on the 26th. clearly, it provides even more concern for us as far as what his condition may be. there are some questions that are raised, you know from those photographs that we just don't have answers to, but we're very concerned for gabriel. we have been for quite some time, and those pictures just confirm that. >> when you say they raise concerns, is that because in at least a couple of them, he seems to be holding a medine bottle of some sort? >> it's thatnd just looking at how lethargic he appears in the photographs. now, whether or not those were taken early in the morning, or could be an answer to some other ways, i'm not really sure, but you know, just based on statements that others have said throughout this investigation, clearly, it causes us for concern, again, with those photographs. >> this couple, arizona couple, jack and tammi smith, that had tried to adopt him earlier in the year, they are persons of
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interest, and i understand that their home was searched last thursday and a computer was recovered along with some phone records. did you find anything that might help you in the search for gabriel? >> detectives did serve a search warrant at their residence. as far as the specifics of what we had taken out and the process at this point, they're not releasing that information. but clearly, they remain persons of interest in this investigation. >> and finally, gabriel's father, logan mcqueary, has said he thinks about it every day whether his son is alive or dead. lieutenant, you're a dad yourself. how is this case weighing on you? >> you know what, yesterday, actually, i had some time set aside just for me and the kids. with this investigation as it has been for the last several weeks, but it just didn't happen, and i was complaining about that to my wife, and i kind of caught myself that there's a dad out there right now in logan who does not know if he'll ever actually see his son again. so, i'm very fortunate and very blessed and want to do everything that i can and i know that the tempe police
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department, the fbi and all the agencies involved in this investigation want to do everything we can to find gabriel. >> lieutenant mike horn, we appreciate your time this morning. thank you so much and best of luck with this investigation. >> thank you, meredith. >> and if you have any information in the case, crimestoppers of san antonio is offering up to a $5,000 reward. their number is 210-224-stop. that is 210-224-7867. or you can call the national center for missing & exploited children at 1-800-the-lost. and now let's head to los angeles for a check of the weather from al. >> announcer: "today's new year new you" is brought to you by weight watchers. stop dieting. start living! good morning, everybody. live from la canada flintridge, california, where they had 100 homes evacuated here because of mudslides. they're expecting more later today. the good news is for a lot of the country, temperatures are
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above normal. as we look, you'll see we've got nice, warm conditions through the southeast. we're expecting temperatures in the 60s there, 70s in southern florida, 20s up around the great lakes and the plains, northern new england, but 50s in the pacific northwest, 50s and 60s through parts of the southwest. heavy rain through the southwest as that first storm that brought the heavy rain to california moves through there. snows through the mountains, but another storm brings heavy rain into the pacific northwest, southern california later today. southeast looks pretty good with plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the 60s. look for some showers and some snow showers up through northern new england, fog throughout much of the midwest, maybe some airport delays in parts of,of, e good morning, mostly cloudy in washington, now mid 30s, in the nearby suburbs to around 30 degrees in prince george's, fairfax, montgomery and arlington counties, a few sprinkles, culpepper county. sunshine returning this afternoon, climbing into the low 50s.
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and tomorrow, cooler. thursday, cloudy, with chilly rain during the afternoon-evening. it may mix with se sleet and snow for a time thursday night. perhaps into friday. and then drying out on saturday. that's your latest weather. for weather any time of the day, check out the weather channel on cable or online. meredith? >> al, thank you. and up next, jay leno gets serious about nbc's late-night shuffle. what he had to say, right after this.
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we're back now at 7:42 with jay leno taking time from his primetime show to address the late-night movst that are in the works right here at nbc. here's what he had to say. >> they said, "how about primetime"? i said, "that will never work." no, no, bewant to put you on at 10:00. we have done focus groups. people will love you at 10:00. now, look at these studies that show jay's chin at 10:00. people go crazy! i said, well, i don't know, it didn't seem like a good idea at the time. i said, all right, can i keep my staff? there's 175 people who work here. i said can i keep my staff? yes, you can. let's try it. we guarantee you two years on the air guaranteed. now, for the first four or five months, when you're against original shows like "c sink," you'll get killed, but in the spring and summer when the reruns come, that's when you'll pick up. okay, great. i agree to that. four months go by, we don't make
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it. >> all right. >> okay. now, meanwhile, conan's show during the summer we're not on was not doing well. the great hope was that we would help him. well, we didn't help him any. they said, well, look, how about you do a half-hour show at 11:30. now, where i come from, when the boss gives you a job and you don't do it well -- i think we did a good job here, but we didn't get the ratings. okay, so, you get humbled. i said, okay, i'm not crazy about doing a half hour, but okay. what do you want to do with conan? we'll put him on at midnight or 12:05, he keeps "the tonight show," does all that, he gets the whole hour. i said, okay, do you think conan will go for that? yes! yes. almost guarantee you. i said, okay, shake hands, that's it. i don't have a manager. i don't have an agent. that's my handshake deal. next thing, i see conan has a story in the paper saying he doesn't want to do that. they come back to me and they say, if he decides to walk and doesn't want to do it, do you want the show ck? i go, yeah, i'll take the show
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back, if that's what he wants to do. this way, we can keep all our people working, fine. so, that's pretty much where we are. and it looks like we might be back at 11:30 again. i'm not sure. i don't know. i don't know. but through all of this -- [ cheers and applause ] through all of this, conan o'brien has been a gentleman. he's a good guy. i have no animosity towards him. this is all business. you know, folks, if you don't get the ratings, they take you off the air. i think you know in this town, you can do almost anything, if you get ratings, they keep you on the air. >> how are our ratings? >> we're still here. well -- >> well -- >> we know all of these people, and it's hard to watch. >> they're all great people, that's right. >> it's like a problem in the family. >> it is a problem -- >> no simple solution. so, we hope it works out and wish everyone the best.
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we are back at 7:48. we've heard a lot in the past week about haiti being the poorest country in the western hemisphere, but unless you've been there, it is hard to comprehend just how difficult life there can be. "today" national correspondent jenna wolfe grew up in haiti and is in port-au-prince this morning. jenna, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning to you, meredith. i did grow up here. i spent 12 long years here, and i've seen the poverty, i have seen the violence, but i wanted to come back andee for myself the place that meant so much to me, and what i found was that it was the people, and one person
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in particular who holds a very dear and special place in my heart, who helped restore my faith in the human spirit. hey, you. how are you? >> and you? >> reporter: my first stop was to my father's button factory to see how it fared in the earthquake. thankfully, my dad was stateside at the time. emily george is my father's assistant. she was the last one left in the building that day. where does this rate on the scale of tragedy of everything you've seen in this country the last couple years? >> there is no word for it. >> reporter: it's terrible. despite widespread power outages and some sizable cracks in the building, workers still show up every day in the hopes that, somehow, the factory will be opened and the routines of daily life will return. [ speaking foreign language ] he's going to stay here until he gets some word of what happened, because his house is ruined. he's had a family member pass away and he says he continues to
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smile because he's alive. [ speaking foreign language ] next, i moved on to my old school, union school. 20 years later, it's unrecognizable t me, and not for anything that's happening in the classroom. there's nothing here. there's no -- there's nothing inside. it's all destroyed. the soccer field has become a makeshift tent city for over 1,000 people with little food and water. patience is beginning to wear thin. the people living here lost everything. now they just wait. they don't know what, if any, help will come. this little girl lost her mother and she cries every time she sees a woman. she cries out of confusion and loss. wow. i also wanted to see my old house. was the house affected by the earthquake at all? >> yeah, just in front --
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>> reporter: the cracks. this wasn't so much to see if it was still standing but to see if i could find a woman by the name of andramese, who meant so much to me during my time in haiti, who cared for me throughout my childhood. our trek to find her led us all over port-au-prince to people i hadn't seen in years. oh, you got old, a little gray. [ speaking foreign language ] this gentleman recognized her picture and brought us to her older sister. this is her sister. she's not here. they're saying she's up where i used to live from here, we learn she may be home, atop this hill. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: i hold this picture all the time. i didn't know what happened to you.
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>> reporter: you know, they say you can't fully prepare for what you'll see when you come into an environment like this, and it's so much more than the physical destruction. there's an emotional toll that it takes on anyone, whether you're down here for a day or two to help out, or like me in my case, you're down here back after many years, having lived here and seen the pain on these faces that have been through so much over the years. so, for me, this was a very, very emotional trip back. meredith? >> yeah, we're just so glad that she is alive and well, but that image of the little girl reaching out every time a woman comes in is just heartbreaking. >> sad. jenna, thank you. >> thank you, jen. >> thanks, jenna. up next, a divorced woman's choice to fulfill her ex-husband's dying wish. >> a story of forgiveness.
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7:55 is your time now, 37 degrees, what will the weather look like today after yesterday's beautiful day, we'll have the forecast after the news. good morning, i'm eun yang, it's tuesday, january 19th, 2010. the hearing that could determine the future of the love nightclub in washington was shut down on new year's day after a stabbing in a stairwell, the third violent incident there since the day after christmas. the d.c. alcohol beverage regulation administration suspended the club's operating license indefinitely. the love nightclub will be able to appeal the suspension at a state hearing. virginia's new governor promised he will veto any new bill with a tax increase. boek mcdonald delivered his first state of the commonwealth address last night. mcdonald also promised to reopen the rest areas ha closed last year because of cuts in
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transportation funding. we'll check your weather and traffic, when we come
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tuesday, temperatures in the upper 20s, low and mid 30s around the region. highs with sun returning into the low 50s. tomorrow, partly cloudy and cooler. cloudy thursday, could get some chilly rain late in the day mixing with sleet, snow possibly thursday night and early friday. ashley, how's the traffic. >> problem in virginia, route one, approaching the fairfax county parkway. delays from 95, 270 slow leaving father hurley to the beltway. back to you. coming up tonight on news4 at 5:00, lunch with lindsay and jason campbell, the redskins quarterback talks about all the off-seas
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. 8:00 nown this tuesday morning, january 19th, 2010. we have stepped outside to say hello to all of our friends who are spending their morning with us here in the plaza. happy, as always, to see all of them. i'm meredith vieira alongside mr. matt lauer. al out in l.a., where the rain has led to a few evacuations and threats of mudslides. we're going to check in with him in a moment. they're expecting what, seven, eight inches of rain tonight, so. >> i love you, matt lauer! >> thank y. thank you very much. i love you, too. >> oh, ooh. >> don't know who you are, but i love you. >> she's underage, i know that. >> also ahead -- so, we'll move
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right on. >> okay. >> also ahead, do you think you're someone who forgives easily? >> i do think i am, yes. >> obviously, that's a good thing. if you're out there watching, the next time you think of forgiving someone, think of this story. victoria has a story that's dramatic. her husband at the time left her when she was pregnant and had no role in her child or their child's life. then a couple years later, he became very ill and decided he wanted to reconnect with that child, and she had a decision to make whether she should forgive and encourage that relationship or not. her decision, coming up, and what it teaches us all about the power of forgiveness. >> okay. plus, ann is going to share some of the incredible photographs she took during her time in haiti last week covering the earthquake. very powerful images of the people that she met in those days that she was there. but first, she is inside at the news desk where she has the headlines this morning. ann, good morning once again. >> okay, meredith, thank you so much. good morning, once again,
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everybody. in the news this morning, a week after the earthquake in haiti, a new, stunning estimate the toll. officials now believe that 200,000 people have died. that is twice the earlier estimate, and they say 1.5 million people are homeless. nbc's lester holt now joins us once again from port-au-prince. lester, is help now moving for quickly to the people who need it? >> reporter: ann, antidotally, it would seem yes. we're seeing more helicopters making drops, more vehicles moving in off the airport, and people, at least in the port-au-prince area, are ceiving supplies. we've had some indications some of that may be moving outside the city. yesterday i was only about 15 miles away at a coastal village that had seen nothing in the way of drops. the humanitarian agencies, some are now beginning to explain about the way the operation is run, saying that the priority for military flights into the airport has left some of their airplanes circling or even turning back with goods. the airport can only handle 60 flights a day. port is still down. so, those two things, naturally,
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will limit the amount of aid flowing into the country for now. we can tell you there continues to be hope for rescuingictims stuck in the rubble. each day we hear more and more people who are brought out alive, some suffering nothing more than dehydration. it's been a week now. so, we know that hope will eventually run out. but for now, they will continue to search, mostly working off of tips from people who kw someone who might have been in a building or heard something, but that drama continues to play out and give people something here to be joyous about amid so much death and so mh misery, ann. >> it's just so amazing that people are still being found alive. thank you so much. lester holt this morning in haiti. also in the news this morning, afghanistan's forces tightened security today in kabul, a day after a ferocious taliban assault in the heart of the capital. militants targeted government buildings, a shopping center and a luxury hotel during a five-hour battle. officials say that the explosions and gunfire left 12 people dead, including 7 attackers. massachusetts voters are heading to the polls today in
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the high-stakes special election to fill ted kennedy's senate seat. president obama campaigned for democrat martha coakley because a victory by republican scott brown could hinder his efforts to pass health care reform. overseas markets are mostly lo lower this morning, and erin burnett is at the new york stock exchange this morning. erin, there's a lot of attention this morning on earnings. >> that's right, ann, there are. and we're talking about losses in the biggest names in corporate america. today putting pressure on stocks, citigroup and ibm are the big names to watch on that front. another headline, ann, after a long and hostile courtship, it is finally a done marriage between kraft and cadbury. kraft buying cadbury, which gives them names like trident gum and tobler own chocolate. that's a good news story for the market. last but not least, google is postponing the launch of two new cell phones in china. they're doing this as part of an ongoing standoff with the government. google says it doesn't want the
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government censorship of its website. it accuses the government of spying on its website and that's getting a lot of focus in the international market. >> erin, thanks. wives now earn more money than their husbands in one out of five american marriages, according to a survey by the pew research center. in 1970, only 4% of wives were the primary bread-winners, and the recent economic crisis accelerated this trend with a greater percentage of men losing their jobs. it is now 8:05, and time to get a check of the weather from al, who's in los angeles. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by priority mail flat rate boxes, only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship. >> and we're live in la canada flintridge here in the foothills of southern california, expecting more rain today, a weaker storm, and then we've got a big one coming in on wednesday into thursday, and that's the one that's probably going to bring upwards of eight to ten inches of rain.
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as you look right now, you can see beautiful weather along the eastern seaboard, although we do have some precip up into new england with light snow falling there. also look for showers and snow in the mountains of the southwest, more rain coming into northern california. that will make its way into southern california later today. we've got sunshine through the gulf, showers in the mid-mississimississippi river good morning, it's cloudy and radar is showing a little area of some light rain that is just to the south of washington and southern fauquier county and southeastern culpepper county. maybe a few sprinkles moving into stafford and spotsylvania. temperatures at or above freezing throughout most of the region. 36 in washington, sun back this afternoon, highs low 50s and cooler tomorrow. on thursday, cloudy, chilly rain during the afternoon and evening possible.
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and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, tnk you very much. and up next, a dying man makes a difficult last request of his ex-wife. one woman's emotional lesson in forgiveness, right after this. i'm just not sure what... what is it? oh just return it. returning gifts is easier than ever with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. plus i can pick it up for free. perfect because we have to get that outta this house. c'mon, it's not that... gahh, oh yeah that's gotta go... priority mail flat rate shipping starts at $4.95 only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship and return. i thought it was the best dollar i ever spent. until i found that pair of red sunglasses. i thought that was the best llar i ever spent. but today, i wanted to try something off mcdonald's dollar menu. with so much to choose from, i contemplated all my options. and finally went in for the 100% beefy, melty mcdouble. i thought it was the best dollar i ever spent.
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>> good morning, matt. victoria rosner was happily married to her husband, douglas. they started a life together, but little did victoria know, her life was about to be turned upside down. >> douglas and i met in school. we married about three years later and we had a really intimate marriage. and then when we were ready to start having children, we started seeing a fertility doctor, and at that point, i conceived right away. >> reporter: but during victoria's pregnancy, their relationship started to change. >> douglas went through what i could only describe as an almost overnight total change in personality. >> reporter: then douglas moved out. >> i just basically wept through the entire pregnancy. i was so hormonal, i was so scared. i didn't know what was going to happen next. in my seventh month, douglas served me with divorce papers. >> reporter: with her marriage ending, victoria had one happy moment. she gave birth to a baby boy, judah. >> he's very upbeat, always
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smiling, very loving, just kind of a miracle, i think, that he emerged from this chaotic scenario. >> reporter: victoria moved back to new york with judah and began her new life with very little contact with her ex-husband, douglas, who had given up custody of his son. but two years later, she got a call with devastating news. douglas had cancer and had less than a year to live, and he had one request. >> he called me and said that he had always planned to spend more time with judah and get to know judah, and now he was afraid he wasn't going to have that time, and he wanted to get much, much more involved in judah's life. i was just really in a state of shock and i almost couldn't accept what was happening. i felt very torn. i felt enormous pity for douglas. i also felt some anger that he had walked out on me when i was in a very vulnerable position. and now that he had needs, he was turning around and trying to walk back.
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>> reporter: but in the end, victoria brought douglas and his son judah together. >> they just would play games and roll around together, and they would read books, and i just, you know, they really -- they hit it off right away. >> reporter: then douglas' health took a turn for the worst. he went into a coma. soon after, douglas passed away. >> i hope i made the right decision in letting him have that relationship with his father and taking the loss that came with that. and i hope he takes away the idea that he had a father and his father loved him. >> and before douglas died, he told victoria that judah was the most incredible child that has ever lived. matt? >> all right, natalie, thank you very much. victoria rosner is with us this morning. she recently wrote about her story for "the new york times" "modern love" column. dr. argie allen is from drexel university. ladies, good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning.
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>> this is a tough decision. you've got anger, betrayal, all kinds of emotions on this side. you've got human compassion on this side. just walk me through how you came up with the decision you made. >> well, matt, from the first, i was so aware that i was making this decision on behalf of judah, on behalf of my son, because he wasn't old enough to make it for himself. so, i talked to a lot of people, and some of them said, oh, my god, how could you let him come back after what he did? you know, keep him away. and some said, look, it's h last wish, how do you say no to that? but in the end, what influenced me most was talking to people who had lost parents at an early age. >> so, basically, what you're saying is this was as much about, even more about needing your child to connect to a father than it was about needing to release this anger from yourself and allow forgiveness. >> well, i jt really thought about what i would say to judah when he grew up, and you know, would i say to him, no, i didn't let you have relationship with
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your father? i knew that that was something that he would want. and so, i was happy i could give it to him. >> and during the process of allowing this relationship between judah and your ex-husband, did you come to your own personal forgiveness? >> i think it's complicated. i was very angry, but i also felt enormous compassion, and i was happy that in this incredibly tragic situation, i was able to do something to make it better. >> argie, whatictoria is teaching us is that forgiveness doesn't have to be black or white. there can be shades of gray in forgiveness. >> absolutely. it's not black or white. it's a family affair, and it requires that you do your due diligence to take time to think about all the kplexts, as victoria said, that is required to ultimately give the greatest gift, and she gave a wonderful gift to her son and to the son's father. >> you know, a lot of people talk about forgiveness, they talk a good game, but very few people can actually deliver on their words. and so, why don't we talk a little bit about what
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forgiveness does not for the person that you're forgiving, but for you. i mean, isn't it -- it has to be, in some cases, a very liberating experience. >> it's very. and i always say that it's not forgetting, it's liberating. and so, it doesn't always mean reconciliation. what it means is that you have the ability to release all those toxic emotions and go on to live your best life. so, it's the greatest gift that you can give to yourself if you've ever experienced forgiveness. >> having gone through this, victoria, does it make you now feel as if you have put that episode behind you? closure is a weird word. we overus it. but did it present a little bit of closure to you? >> i think it gave me the opportunity to move on in a certain way, because itas this next chapter in what had happened. i think that something like this never really ends. it just, it goes on and takes different directions. and now, thankfully, i have judah, who's the continuation of it and who is such a joy. >> and you say at the end of the piece, "i hope i made the right decision for judah."
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at this stage, do you think you made the right decision? >> well, you know, i do hope so. >> because judah has to deal with loss, had to deal with loss. >> right, right. judah, i think, is much more aware of death than, you know, another 4-year-old would be. he talks about it with me, which i think is great and important, but he's afraid of it sometimes. he'll say things like, "mommy, i want us to die together," you know? and i say, let's not worry about that right now. >> but the lesson in this, argie, for others might be what? >> ultimately that forgiveness can be the greatest gift that you can give to yourself and your family, and it requires support and a lot of work. >> argie, thanks very much. victoria, thank you. we appreciate you sharing your story with us. >> thank you. >> it's now 17 after the hour. we're back after this. mmm. ♪ [ female announcer ] oscar mayer deli fresh meats. sliced, packed and sealed at the peak of freshness,
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nancy snyderman is in port-au-prince for us. dr. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. it's been a week now since that earthquake, and the injuries that doctors are seeing now -- open wounds, fractures, crush injuries -- and they are overwhelmed at small hospitals and at large ones, and it's because of injuries like this that we first met a man we introduced to you yesterday. patients were flooding into the soccer field of matthew 25 house when we were there sunday. that's where we met 22-year-old erbe michel. we're going to start an iv on you and give you some medicine to make you sleepy. with a broken arm and severe infection, we turned the dining room table -- you got him? one, two, three, okay. into an operating table to heal his wound. it bought him some time, but without real surgery, survival is unlikely. with news that erbe was transferred to a local hospital, we set out to find him and see
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how he was doing. erbe michel. we asked for help. >> we have no inventory of the patients, and they have no charts. >> reporter: but without a last name or medical records, we had to resort to a much more basic method of finding him. >> erbemichel. >> reporter: because the injury to his left arm was so severe and the infection so far along, erbe michel faced a reality growing all too common here, amputation. >> what did you give him yesterday? >> a gram of rosephin. that's all we had. >> we're pretty good on clinda right now. >> she has a very bad infection. >> reporter: for the mother of this 5-year-old girl, the decision is agozing and complicated. >> she is going to need an amputation. you should prepare for your daughter to die. [ speaking foreign language ] does she have any other family here? come here. hold her hand. hold her hand.
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>> reporter: in haiti, the prospect of a decent life as an amputee is grim, but grim or not, just down the hall, surgical teams aremputating the limbs of up to 70 people a day. there is no end in sight. meredith, when we left erbe michel yesterday, he was resting in the courtyard, did have a fever, was given more antibiotics and some morphine. i don't know if he's going to survive. we're going to go back this morning and check on him. meredith. >> dr. nancy, thank you so much. you ar these stories repeatedly about people. we were talking about that earlier, the secondary infection will get to them, they're pulled out, sometimes it's a broken leg, but then the infection is what killed them because they don't have medical care. >> so many people don't have any medical care whatsoever, and it's really shocking to see what can happen when they don't get it. you know, as we just saw in nancy's piece, you know, the children are so confused. they don't know what's happening to them. and so, you know, i tried to --
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when i went there, i took a lot of pictures of children. >> but you always take your camera with you wherever you go. >>nd you know, what you get when you look at these children, you know, the confusion, the pain, the struggle. i mean, the difficulty for them is that, like haiti as a whole, they have a long way to go before they heal. take a look at these images. ♪ >> you will not be forsaken. you will not be forgotten. >> another desperate day here in haiti, a race against time that continues around the clock. >> more than half of haiti's population are children, and they are really bearing the weight of the suffering here. ♪ >> there are not enough doctors to take care of all the injured, so the parents are stepping in and taking care of their own
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children. haiti's cry of pain has not spared its children. a 12-year-old being treated for lacerations. i see sam still has a tear in his eye. for some, there is nothing that can be done. not since the tsunami has there been a humanitarian crisis that has needed the world's help than this one in haiti right now.
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our time is 8:26, 37 degrees here in thenation's capital. some clouds above us now. hazy sunshine on this january the 19th, tuesday, here in the nation's capital, good morning, i'm joe krebs. in the news4 today, the patient embassy is holding a commemoration of the one-week anniversary of the earthquake. a candlelight vigil will be held this afternoon on massachusetts avenue in northwest washington at 4:30. a moment of silence at 4:53, the moment of earthquake struck. we'll take a break and come back and look at weather and traffic.
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good morning, cloudy, chilly, slight chance of a sprinkle this morning. temperature mid 30s in washington. afternoon highs with sunshine returning. climbing into the low 50s. and tomorrow should be cooler, cloudy on thursday, could get a chilly rain late in the day. it might mix with some sleet and snow late thursday night into early friday. see a little light snow on friday morning. now, ashley, how's the traffic? >> good morning, traveling around the area at this point in time we have some problems to talk about. here's the beltway. the pace is pretty good right here. but out of the shot, college park into silver spring, you're jammed, no accidents to report, just heavy. back to you, joe. thanks very much, coming up
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tonight on news4 at 5:00, lunch with lindsay and jason campbell, the roivlgs quarterback talks abou
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8:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's the 19th day of january 2010. just stop for a second and let these nice people say good morning to you. all these people have been out here since about 5:30, 6:00 in the morning, including an ohio university student. we always love that. >> electronic media! >> electronic media student. i stand corrected. it's even more specific than that. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira and ann curry. and coming up, we've got a lot
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to talk about. >> yes, we do. pasta? we're talking pasta? >> do you make your own pasta? >> of course, yes. >> i make my own spaghetti, but i don't make the pasta itself -- >> i'm not talking about boiling the water and dropping pasta -- >> no, cutting it up and making it -- >> you do, really? >> no, i do not! why would you do that? >> tom gallichio is in our studio, judge from "top chef," and he's going to tell us it's not that hard -- >> of course he's going to take that. >> it may take extra time, but you can make your own pasta. we'll show you that in a couple minutes. >> if it was easy, i could do it, right? >> nothing's easy, but i'm going to take him at his word. >> all right. coming up also, look inside the studio. whoopi goldberg is there. >> yes! >> along with actor, comedy and television work, she's busy writing children's book. her third installment of "sugarplum ballerinas: positively prima" is the name of this one.
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>> she is great. >> lovely lady. first, a chiefful good-bye on "the biggest loser." because patty anderson was sent home last week, leaving her daughter to fend for herself on the ranch. she's now joining us this morning. good morning, patty. >> how are you? >> good morning. >> you may have been sent home, but you actually are a winner, because how much weight have you lost? you started at 243 pounds. >> right, and now i've lost 54 pounds. >> bless your heart! that's fantastic. >> that's fantastic. >> and you ran a 5k at thanksgiving time, right? >> yeah. we started a new tradition with our families, so before we sit down to eat turkey, we run a 5k. >> that's terrific. >> everybody talks about weight loss with this show, but there's another aspect to this, and that's more overall health. before taking part in this show, i understand you were taking something like nine different medications every single day. >> that's correct. >> and tell me what the weight loss has meant to you in terms of your health. >> well, it saved my life. this show has saved my life, and right now i'm taking two medications and i'm hoping by
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the finale i'll be taking none. >> medication-free. >> that's fantastic. >> that really is. >> meantime, you're rooting for your girl, right? >> yes. purple! go purple! >> so, what happened to you, because the first week, you lost more weight than any other woman had ever on the show. 23 pounds was it? >> yes. >> and the next week, just 4 pounds. >> four. well, your body does what your body does, and unfortunately, the curse of week two came to me, but i was prepared to go home, and i've been successful. >> you learned a lot of skills. >> that's right. >> and the bright side of that is if you had lost 23 pounds every week, we wouldn't be able to see you right now. you'd just be nonexistent. nobody can do that. so, are you confident you can keep the weight off? >> i am more than confident. this is really a life-changing thing for me, and i have every confidence that i'll be going into my 60s -- >> exactly. >> -- medication-free. >> and you're still competing. >> still competing. i work out every day. >> keep it up, patti. >> thank you so much.
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i'm so proud of you. >> you look beautiful. >> thank you. thank you. >> "the biggest loser couples" airs tonight at 8:00/7:00 central time right here on nbc. let's go out to los angeles, get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> hey, al! hey, guys, thanks a lot. we're here in la canada flintridge, and this mountain beside me, this is -- that mountain, they got about two to three inches of rain here yesterday and all that dirt and mud came down here. homes had to be evacuated. and they're back in their homes now, and then we've got another storm coming in later today. not quite as bad. big one, though, coming in on wednesday on into thursday. let's take a look, see what's going on as far as your weather's concerned. for today, we're expecting to see, again, heavy rain moving into northern california. that comes into southern california late this afternoon into this evening. heavy rain and snow through the southwest, sunny skies through the gulf coast. we're looking at some fog up through the upper mississippi
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river valley. it's cloudy, we're getting a few scattered sprinkles, northern prince george's county, as well as southeast washington and southern fairfax and southern prince william, stafford and spotsylvania. temperatures are above freezing now. so they shouldn't causeny problems. it's in the low to mid 30s. highs today should reach the low 50s as we get sun back this afternoon. then cooler weather tomorrow and partly cloudy, cloudy on thursday, some chilly rain poss tomorrow into thursday, expecting maybe eight to ten inches of rain. could cause massive, massive flooding and more mudslides. to check on that and any other kind of weather day or night, go to the weather channel on cable or online. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much for that report. we appreciate it. when we come back, the one
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>> back at 8:38. whoopi goldberg is one of a small handful of entertainers in the world to win an oscar, emmy, grammy, golden globe and a tony, five big ones. oh, yeah. she's also an award-winning author. her latest children's book is called "sugar plum ballerinas: perfectly prima." whoopi, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i'm so happy you're here because you are a busy lady. >> i am sometimes. >> always. you go from here on "the view," you help with the u.n. conventions, that stuff. >> right. >> you're also involved with writing books. >> yeah. >> the third installment of this. what is there that you don't do? >> well, i don't have a lot of sex. >> oh, you don't? well, there's not a lot of time. >> well, that's the problem. >> well, and i actually am sorry
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about that, whoopi. >> no, it's actually okay. >> is it? well, tell me about the boorks because this is the third installment, as i said. it's "sugar plum ballerinas." what provoked you to start writing about this in the first place to start writing about ballerinas? >> well, i had a conversation with the folks at jump at the sun. they said we're trying to wrap ourselves around this, and can you give us some help? and i said, sure, you know, let's do it like this. and so, we did. >> you started when, a couple years ago writing the books? >> oh, my god, yeah. it feels like a very long time ago, because it's not the fastest process, and when you say you're going to do a string of them, you know, you actually have to do the entire series. >> so, you knew you were going to do a series starting out. it wasn't going to be just one. >> no, no. you kind of knew. they kind of were clear about it, but sometimes you hear what you want to hear, and then when they say, oh, there's a second book -- second book? what do you mean? i thought it was just this. >> and now you're in the third book. >> yeah. >> and the main character is jersey mae, and she's very
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orderly. >> yes. >> right? >> yes, yes. >> she's a perfectionist about everything. >> yes. >> the only problem is she's a dancing disaster, as she puts it. >> that's what she says, but you know, everyone can dance, like everyone can sing. it's just some people sing better, some people dance better. but jersey is, you know, she's interested in the world. so, she's interested in other stuff. and she has, you know, she's one of three, because she's a part of the triplets, and she has a brother. and one of the things that i love -- because several of the characters are named after my family members, but mason, who makes his debut in this, my grands grands grandson. and that's his picture. >> oh, your real grandson is named mason. >> yes, yes, yes. so, i included him, because he was really annoyed that the girls' names -- >> got all the attention. >> -- got all the attention. my daughter was in it and everybody, so, he is now in the book. so, mason, this is for you. >> is there anything autobiographical in this book maybe about mason or the other
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girls, about you as a kid? were you somebody who wanted to be a dancer? >> i wanted to be a dancer. i wanted, actually, originally to be a rockette. >> so did i. >> well, you had a better chance than i did when you were a kid. >> because of the color of my skin? >> yes, you know. though you do look like you're a little dark, just saying. it would have been like, rockette, rockette, rockette, meredith, rockette. you know, it just wasn't possible. >> yeah. >> and then, you know, things have changed so much that you can ride a skateboard and be a dancer and do all of the things that you're interested in. when we were kids, it wasn't quite that easy, regardless of what color your skin was, you know. your femininity got in the way, or your, you know, the limitations, but they don't have any limitations. so, they get to do everything. and i think it's better for kids to try to do a lot of things and see what they like doing and what they do well. so, this -- i mean, this whole
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series is about people who are doing lots of different things and girls and friendship and stuff like that. >> you know, maybe you didn't end up a dancer, but you certainly have been very, very successful. we mentioned every award under the sun that you have won, including the golden globe. >> right. >> we pulled a picture from when you won it in 1986. >> right. >> do you remember the outfit you had on? this was for "the color purple." this was a big thing for you. >> i don't know. what did it look like? >> oh, yeah, there's me. i look the same. >> talk to me about that outfit. >> i was comfortable. >> yeah. that's what it's all about. >> for me, it's all about comfort. look at cesar romero. >> he looks great. >> oh, my goodness. i forgot! look at that. oh, in goodness, i was cute, though. i was definitely cute. >> so, this year, mo'nique wins it, and your fellow co-host on
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"the view," sherri shepherd, has said about you that you're an idol and somebody so many comedians look up to and aspire to be like, particularly women of color. do you see yourself as a trailblazer whatsoever? are you comfortable with that? >> no, i get it the way that i get like "tarzan" movies, you know? like -- >> like "tarzan" movies? >> yeah. you know, he always says -- you know, one of the guys with the things on his head, "go over there and go through there and make sure it's safe for us to walk through," so he goes through and you hear -- and he comes stumbling back out, going "don't go." that's how i feel. that's how i feel. yeah. i was one who moved into her own beat and that's okay. it's not always easy. it's not always preferable because you get a lot of stuff for that. >> yeah. >> it's a little lonesome, but it's better, i think, for me, at
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least, to be my own person like these girls are their own persons and i just want to tell girls it's okay. >> yeah, well, we're glad for you very much. >> it's nice to see you. >> get over to "the view." >> yeah, got to get to work. >> the book is "sugar plum ballerinas: perfectly prima," by whoopi goldberg.
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>> announcer: "today's kitchen" it brought to you by oscar mayer deli fresh cold cuts. we're on a mission to spread good moods. this morning on "today's kitchen back to basics," the ins and outs of pasta. tom colicchio is the top judge on bravo's "top chef" and chef and owner of colicchio & sons
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restaurant here inew york. good to have you back. >> good to be back. >> pasta. you can buy it in a box, you know, and pour it into the water. >> but why buy it when you c make it? it's easy. eggs, flour, a little salt, a little olive oil. >> boom. >> a little olive oil. >> and this is the way you do it, on a marble board? >> this is the way i do it at home. in the restaurant we use a mixer. >> water? >> you'll have to mixhis -- >> with your hands? >> with your hands, yeah. >> once you make the dough, you put it in the fridge to set a little bit? >> let it rest a little bit. >> how long? >> half an hour tops. >> but you can put it in the fridge and use it later, too. >> you can. it will last two or three days before it turns black on you. >> ooh. >> here, take the dough and start working it through here. >> oh. >> okay? >> as you're doing that, can i ask how you feel about those machines that kind of do everything for you? >> do it again. >> you know, the kind where you pour into the ingredients and next thing you know, you've got little tortellinis there in your mouth? >> that's fine. that's all good. >> okay, fine. >> this is the way to do it.
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this is old school, you know? so, you roll it through until it gets thin. also, we have a little filling to make up. >> so, you have white beans filling and pumpkin filling. so, white beans. >> cooked white beans. use a little liqd that the beans are cooked in -- >> no, let me do this. i'm going to tell them how they told me to do it ahead of time. there you go. now you can. this is the liquid from the beans. >> right. liquid from the beans. that's going into a pure, and then we're going to use all sorts of olive oil. >> and the consistency you're looking for here? >> sort of a paste, a nice little paste. now, if you want to cheat here, you can buy canned beans and do the same thing. >> okay. so, done. let's bring we've got that done. meredith, you can stop rolling. >> you're doing a great job, but we need you back here. >> ove my shoulder. >> here's the fun part. >> i'm done with this? >> yeah, you're done with this because we have our dough over here, okay. >> we're making two different kinds of pasta. >> meredith, i'm going to have you making -- >> pumpkin? >> tortellini. >> tortellini, okay. >> there are three different shapes you can make with this. peel it off.
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>> peel it off, okay. got it. >> now you can do the same thing. >> i'm sabotaged in this -- >> are they stuck together? >> yes, it's stuck together. >> leave it alone. >> you did this, matt. you spit on this before -- >> i spit on it? >> because look, it's stuck together. oh, oo oh, ooh -- >> he saved you -- >> no, i didn't. >> you can have half of mine. >> okay, so, to make the tortellini, first thing we do is lay this out. >> got it i'll lay that out and you -- >> cut it into squares. >> cut it into squares, okay. >> right down the center. >> okay. >> matt, over here, yours is a little easier to deal with. >> okay good. >> let's square it off so it's even, so it sits on the board. and that one over there. >> got it. >> now, you can take your bag and go, a thin, doesn't have to be a thick line. you don't want too much filling. right down -- >> this isn't tortellini anymore. >> now, roll it onto itself twice. ju a little quick mist. just water. okay.
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roll that up onto itself and then roll one more time. >> okay. >> okay. now, just seal it there like that. >> mm-hmm. >> okay, seal it now, what you're going to do is take your fingers like that and just go like that, okay? the square's perfect. for this, you don't need a lot. just a tiny bit of the filling. >> okay. >> and i'll show you the roll. we'll get a few going. >> okay. >> one more. that's enough. now, same thing here. a little mist. >> that's for what reason, just so it -- >> it sticks together. >> -- sticks to itself better? >> now, cut that way. >> okay, fine. >> now here, pick one up. now, there's a bunch of things we can do here. you can fold it like that -- >> and. >> and just make a triangle. >> okay. >> that's one shape. now, you take and fold it this way, okay? >> okay. >> and then around your finger like that. and there's your tortellini. >> oh. matt, excuse me, see that?
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>> it looks fantastic. >> matt's doing pretty good over here, too. >> all right. >> that's not bad. now, make sure you -- >> seal the ends. >> yeah, there you go. >> okay. >> perfect. that's it. >> how long would you cook this? >> okay, it's fresh pasta, so it doesn't take long to cook, maybe a minute, minute and a half, boiling salted water. and the two dishes i have -- we have the white beans and squid -- >> that looks good. >>nd a bit of a pepper. and we have the pumpkin tortellini and brown butter, a little sage and some guanchali, which is a bacon-type thing. >> kids would have fun with this, too. >> and the machines, you take the flour and eggs and water and pour it right in -- >> and the machine's name is matt and meredith. today i have a lot of work at the restaurant. are you going to come back and help me? >> would you really hire us? i doubt it. >> well, i wouldn't pay you. >> thank you, tom. congrats on the restaurant. >> thank you, tom. >> we're back in a moment.
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so, two takeaways from today's show, the first two hours. one, this pasta's pretty good and pretty easy. even you and i can do this. >> i made that. no, that's not the one i made. >> do you agree it's easy? >> it was easy, because he did most of the work. >> i think the other takeaway is i like this story on forgiveness. >> yeah. >> and you and i have talked about this in the past -- i used to be one of the guys who didn't forgive easily, held a grudge,
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but i like the story about victoria rosner and the decision she had to make whether or not to let this guy who had wronged her back into her life for the sake of her child, and i think in this case, forgiveness served everybody involved in the proper way. >> what made you decide to finally let go of that? >> you know what i think might be a lesson for everybody, holding a grudge takes a lot of your time and energy. it really can drag you down. >> exactly. i think about you hold a grudge, you're the one who hurts the most. if you're bitter, you're the one -- >> usually the people have moved on. >> yes, exactly. >> they've gone on, and the best thing you can do for yourself -- in fact, when you've done something wrong, if you say i'm sorry, the weight is lifted off of you more than even the other person, but yeah, holding a -- it's -- >> so, if i were to take your food away -- >> i would forgive you now. >> oh, would you? >> oh, no! >> then i drop your fork. >> this fork is clean. that fork is clean. >> for all that you've done over the last three years, i forgive you. i feel great. i'm liberated.
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money to be used to extend an education grant for the states. president obama will also hold a group discussion with some sixth graders while at the school. virginia's new governor, bob mcdonald promised he will veto any bill that includes a tax increase. mcdonald delivered his firs state of the commonwealth address last night. but he warned that there could be job cuts coming for state employees. and mcdonald proxsed to reopen the rest areas that closed last
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year because of cuts to transportation funding. we'll take a break and come back and look at the weather and traffic.
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good morning, mostly cloudy around the region and there's a chance of a light sprinkle briefly. later, sun returns, highs in the low 50s. tomorrow, partly cloudy and cooler. might get chilly rain on thursday, mixing with sleet and snow thursday. ashley, how's the traffic? >> the bw parkway is a mess, headed southbound, the earlier accident at 450 has been cleared. but a you're on the brakes from 32. outer loop to tyson, slow. today, news4 at 5:00, lunch with lindsay,
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we're back now with more of "today" on a tuesday morning, the 19th day of january 2010. you're looking at our nice friends outside on the plaza. thanks to them for stopping by. meanwhile, inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer along with natalie morales. al is out in los angeles. they've got some heavy rains coming for the people in southern california that's going to cause a lot of serious problems, more than it's already caused, and we're going to check in with al in just a little while. also ahead, more on haiti one week after the devastating earthquake there. natalie, rescuers are making frantic efforts to find survivors in the ruins. there are some miraculous stories of survival. we've brought you some of those. we're going to see the dramatic rescue of one woman who was
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pulled out alive from the rubble after six days. her heroes, some los angeles firefighters. >> truly incredible stories there. meanwhile, matt, others are still hoping and waiting for that same kind of miracle. the search for four missing lynn university students continues at the hotel montana. we're going to get the very latest on the rescue efforts there, and then we're also going to talk live to the students' families in florida, coming up. then later on we're going to switch gears a bit with somewhat i think is smart advice, what you need to know about your credit if you're thinking of buying a home. seven mistakes that too many people seem to make. we'll talk about those, but first, let's go to the news desk. ann's standing by back from haiti with a look at the headlines. >> welcome back, ann. >> thanks a lot, matt and natalie. good morning once again, everybody. in the news, as matt was mentioning, a week after haiti's devastating earthquake, a stunning estimate. officials now believe that the earthquake has killed more than 200,0 people and left 1.5 million homeless. today, u.s. military helicopters landed on the grounds of the earthquake-shattered presidential palace and began
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dropping off u.s. troops. with roads and bridges damaged, the u.s. military using planes and helicopters to make the drops of water and ready-to-eat meals. and meantime, searchers are still looking for survivors. on monday, a dramatic rescue. the remarkable story from our reporter bill neely of our british partner itn in port-au-prince. >> reporter: in the ruins of haiti, the signs aren't good. it's day six. the diggers tear at rubble, making survival beneath unlikely. one man looks on. ra j r raje still believes his wife, a bank worker, just might still be alive. he rushes in every time ground is cleared. this time, someone hears a noise. he calls for silence, then for his wife, jeanette. >> she's alive! >> reporter: "okay, she's there, she's alive," he says.
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they scrape away stones to expose a small hole and allow the first light to reach the woman in six days. her husband overwhelmed. i can hear jeanette talking. i put a microphone in and ask her if she's injured. [ speaking foreign language ] "yes," she says, "my fingers are broken." [ speaking foreign language ] she tells me she needs water. it would be a great pleasure, "i'm thirsty and i can't see," she says. then a message for her husband. [ speaking foreign language ] "even if i die, i love you so much. don't forgett." the risk of her dying remains. t her husband nor anyone here has the equipment to get her out. >> would you like to take a look? >> reporter: suddenly, help arrives, firefighters from los angeles.
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>> we can see her hair right there. >> reporter: they push a tiny camera into the hole and jeanette is revealed. >> let's take a look at her body orientation. >> okay, we're going to get you mething to drink first. >> reporter: they get her water and then begin cutting into the cables and beams around her. the light is fading. hope is not. then, our first clear sight of her, dust in her eyes, smiling, wincing, but alive. >> okay, all quiet. >> reporter: there is just one major worrynow, an aftershock. >> we may not have a whole lot of time. once it goes, it goes. >> reporter: a rescuer reaches her hand. she is in pain. >> hang in there, jeanette. >> all right, jeanette, we're almost there. >> reporter: within three hours of first hearing her voice, she emerges. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: her first words,
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"thank you, god," and then an astonishing moment. ♪ the words of her song, "don't be afraid of death." she told me she always thought she'd survive, but she wondered why this had happened to her. did you think you would live, jeanette? did you think you would live? >> live? >> reporter: yes. >> why not? >> all right, nice and easy. >> reporter: jeanette is alive, and for her husband, it's a miracle, but her survival is the exception in a city of death. she drove away as if nothing had happened, to see for herself the horror that had been hidden from her. bill neely for nbc news in port-au-prince. also in the news this morning, security has been stepped up today in afghanistan following a deadly attack there on monday. troops are searching cars and trucks entering the capital and have set up more checkpoints. this a day after the taliban
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launched an assault on government buildings with car bombs and gunfire that left at least 12 people dead. voters are heading to the polls today in massachusetts in a race between democrat martha coakley and republican scott brown to fill ted kennedy's senate seat. also at stake, the democrs' 60-vote supermajority in the senate. president obama wants congress to approve more than $1 billion in additional money for education grants, and so, he's outlining that proposal today at a virginia elementary school. and to mark tomorrow's first anniversary of president obama's inauguration, a statue of first lady michelle obama was unveiled this morning at madame tussauds in london it joined a statue of the president that was already there on display. it is now six minutes past the hour. let's go back to matt and natalie. >> we are sitting here -- >> that story about jeanette, i just can't get over there. >> shaking our heads over that rescue story. >> unbelievable. unbelievable. >> that's the thing. our cameras, the cameras of itn just happened to be there. that is the story that they're hoping for, the miracles that
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they're getting, actually, that is amazing, in haiti today. >> she sings and then drives off in a car. >> i know, as if nothing had happened. >> after six days. >> it's incredible. you hope we hear more stories like that in the days to come. ann, thank you. let's get out to al now, in los angeles, where the people are really keeping an eye on the skies. the weather is just soaking them. al? >> absolutely. they had heavy rain yesterday, some areas picking up in the mountaintops about three to five inches of rain. closer to the ground, about four inches of rain to two inches of rain. today not quite so much. tomorrow, though, we've got a big one coming. we're in la canada flintridge, and you can see this parade of storms, each one just marching onshore, caught up by this 200-mile-per-hour jet stream. and in fact, we're starting to get some sprinkles right now. we've got flood watches and we've also got high wind warnings and wind advisories. a real mess here. look on the radar. you can see the heavy rain now is moving into northern california and now starting to spread down here into southern
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california as well. rainfall amounts over the next 24 hours, we're talking about anywhere from three to five inches of rain. snowfall amounts up to two feet of snow in the mountains of the wasatch, the siskiyous and the rockies. so there is a lot more coming. rm then there is a big storm good morning, it's cloudy now, we've had a few sprinkles of light rain moving through the region this morning. right now, it's in western, southwestern parts of prince george's county. it did move out of fauquier, around southern prince william, continuing to move east. elsewhere, cloudy, temperatures in the low to mid 30s. now upper 30s in washington at 39. near 40 in southern maryland. the sun back this afternoon with highs in the low 50s. a bit cooler tomo
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well, that's your latest weather. 100 homes in this area were evacuated yesterday. they're back in their homes but ready to go again if these mudslides start one more time. ann? >> all right, al, thank you so much. families here in the u.s. are still waiting to learn the fate of loved ones missing in haiti. we're going to talk to the relatives of the four lynn university students still unaccounted for in the haitian capital. they were at their hotel when the earthquake struck a week ago. nbc's michelle kosinski is in port-au-prince this morning with more. michelle, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. we were at that hotel yesterday, and rescuers told me they heard tapping coming from inside the rubble as recently as yesterday morning. the owner of the hotel was pulled out alive on sunday. so, stories like those continue to give families of the missing some reason to hold on to hope. the once beautiful hotel on the hill overlooking the capital now looks like much of port-au-prince, an
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unrecognizable mass of pancaked concrete. but inside this wreckage of the montana hotel, people have been found alive just last sunday, tapping heard as recently as monday. dan woolley from colorado springs was pulled from the montana friday after nearly three days trapped in the elevator. he had used his iphone's medical apps to treat his own wounds and wrote final notes to his children in his blood-stained journal. >> "i love you, josh and nathan, and you're the joy and pride of my life." >> reporter: but at home in south florida, where classmates hold vigil every night for the four lynn university students and two faculty still missing at the montana. >> they're there. we believe. we need other people to believe. >> reporter: the families ask why more cannot be done. >> this is a nightmare! this is a living nightmare and we need government intervention.
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the united states of america needs to get to the hotel montana and get our children now! >> reporter: the university group of 1 had come to distribute food to poor haitian people the day before the disaster. the missing students were in their rooms when it happened, the teachers in the gym. the eight who survived, most of whom were by the hotel's pool, have spoken about wanting to come back here for their teammates. >> after we hugged our parents and loved ones and felt safe, we were all like ready to go back, because we're missing two professors and four other students. >> reporter: the family of courtney hayes from georgia has traveled to the dominican republic looking for information and for their child in hospitals. the parents of britney gangel, who were originally told she had been found alive, only to then hear the heartbreaking truth, can only wait and know that
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rescuers here are trying to help answer their prayers. >> we need a miracle now. >> reporter: with more than 100 people thought to still be inside, this place now represents the destruction that has befallen families everywhere. ile rescuers vowo keep looking for life. miami-dade fire rescue was there and they told me, though, that their dogs did not hit on any signs of life, although rescuers have planned to keep looking today. ann. >> all right, michelle kosinski. michelle, thanks. the families of those missing students are joining us once again this morning. good morning to all of you. >> good morning, ann. >> good morning. >> now, i understand that just a few moments ago you were on the phone with senator john kerry, and as you are taking this one step at a time, going through all of the pain and worry about all of this, and i'm sure watching the piece we just showed you wasn't easy for you -- were you able to get any good news from the senator, lynn?
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>> we have faith and we have lots of love from our country and from people all over the world. and we're waiting right now for a phone call back from senator kerry. we need more troops at that hotel. we need physical labor at that hotel, ann. that is what we need. we need the united states government to get 500, 1,000 troops up there. they have not been there. we need them there now. >> let me tell you something that tim callahan, the chief of the u.s.'s disaster assistance response team in haiti said, lynn. he said that rescue teams at the hotel montana are working as hard as they can to locate as many survivors they can. he saidhis on monday. "my heart is heart wrenching for those who just don't know, but i will tell you that the teams will not stop. the teams are working as hard as they can. the teams have gone back to many
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different sites looking at different areas of the structure." lynn, sheryl ann, who wants to take this? do you feel as though that they're doing enough? i mean, i'm hearing from len, he's feeling that he wants more people there. are you feeling, when you listen to this statement by tim callahan, that he just doesn't have enough people? what is your response to his statement yesterday? >> i think our feeling is a great feeling of appreciation for the people that are working so hard, but i think because they can't bring machines in there, our feeling is, they need manpower, they need people in there to help them move out those big boulders, move aside those cement slab you know, it's great what they're doing, and i know they're working so hard, but we have to give it everything we have, because they just -- you said in your report this morning, they heard tapping yesterday. can't they get to where that tapping is? i mean, there's -- there's got to be a way.
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in the world that we live in, ere has got to be a way. >> we've got to -- we need our country, we need the united states of america, our country to take control of this situation. they've got the people u there. we need more manpower. we need our government to take control of this situation. we are begging for that. >> so, that is your -- >> and our prayer -- we are praying and begging for that. >> so, then what are -- >> and there's -- >> go ahead. >> and there's a reason why the united states of america got to e point that we're at now, where we are the greatest and grandest country. and it was not by standing by and letting things happen. it was by doing things and getting things done, and that's what we're asking for. this government was by the people, for the people. we are the people. you're looking at the people right now, and we want our government to help and do everything that they can to help get these girls and these teachers and those other americans out of that hotel.
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>> ann? >> yes, sir. >> ann, on friday, it took every ounce of our being on friday -- and i pleaded to president barack obama, father to father, i pleaded to him to get troops in there on friday. we know -- we have talked to tom, who i believe you had on this show, and tom showed us yesterday how the roof slid off that hotel. he has great hope that these people are alive. and they are our children and faculty and lots of other people from across the world that are there. how can, as parents, how can we encourage others to allow their kids on this mission of hope -- that's what it was called -- it's turned into a mission of hell for all of us sitting here and for our daughters that are in that hotel! they're in there, ann. they're not under tents. they're in concrete in the dark and we need american soldiers on
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that site now. please, i'm begging you, president baracobama, father to father, get those troops to that hotel. >> your frustration is palpable, and certainly, anyone watching this has heard you and certainly, this will be heard by the white house. have you been successful at having conversations beyond speaking on television with people who can make your wishes come true in the government? >> no. >> barely. >> no. >> senator kerry -- >> senator kaee oor kerry has b own conversation -- >> direct contact. >> and that did not occur until yesterday, which is six days after this earthquake, which -- >> it actually took going on national tv and pleading our case time and time and time again to get our government to respond to this in the way that
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it should have all along. that's pretty sad, i think, for the united states of america to have these individuals pleading for help. >> all right, well -- >> and thank god for you folks. thank god for the media, because the media is telling our story. thank you. >> thank you. we appreciate it. >> we appreciate it. >> we appreciate you. >> well, thank you so much and we will continue to watch your story and pray for your girls. and thank you so much this morning. if we could hug you, we all would, i know. >> thank you, ann. >> thank you. we'll take it. >> and we're back with more "today" after this. what's our favorite part of honey bunches of oats? the sparkly flakes. the honey-baked bunches! the magic's in the mix. my favorite part? eating it. ney bunches of oats. taste the joy we put in every spoonful. ney bunches of oats. we call the bunches in honey bunches of oats the prize in the box. well, now there's a prize inside the prize. pecans! pecans! baked into crunchy oat bunches. taste the delicious surprise in every spoonful. new honey bunches of oats with pecan bunches.
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first mistake is not checking out your credit reports and fico score. why? >> the reason is because any bank that will grant you a mortgage checks all three credit reports. you can get one for free or pay $10 to $15 for each one, but you can have a chance to correct your errors. >> and you've got to know what you're worth. you also say closing charge accounts is a mistake. a lot of us carry a lot of cards, but by closing them, you're hurting yourself. >> nothing wrong with paying them off, but don't close them, because that tells the bank how much available credit you have, and they want to lend the most to the people with the most available credit. >> that means -- don't carry a huge balance on the cards, right? >> of course not. keep your balance below 30% of what's available, and that in the parlance of banking means that you got an "a" on your report card. >> next is making big purchases before locking in a mortgage rate. a lot of people are buying appliances or furniture before moving into their home. not such a good idea. >> just wait until you actually have your mortgage commitment. then go buy your car and appliances, because it will ding your cdit rating. not a good idea.
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>> another big mistake, you say, is asking your creditor to lower your credit limit. what's wrong with thatknwh. >> it sounds like a nice guy thing, help me control my spending, but again, you lose available credit. >> got to have that credit. next thing is you say don't spend more than one month shopping for a mortgage. what happens after the 30 days? >> the way the system works is you have 30 days to shop as much as you want. after the 30 days, every time a creditor looks into your credit, you lose five points on your credit rating. you do it all within a month and you're fine. >> okay. so, if you're out there looking for the best interest rate deal, you say do it in that window, 30-day window. >> exactly. >> the next mistake a lot of people make is paying off one credit card to pay off another. how does that ding you? >> for the bank, the way they look at it is it's just too darn fancy. it's like robbing from peter to pay paul. they're not comfortable. >> okay, so, what are some things people can do, if you have a bad credit rating, what are three simple things they can do to fix it? >> first of all, paying your balances on time. keeping your balances below 30% is also important.
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9:26 is your time now, 37 degrees, another nice day in the forecast. tom will have details after the news. it's tuesday, january 19th, 2010. in the news, the bethesda bomb-making materials in his room is expected to be sentenced today. colin mckenzie jr. has pled guilty to construction of an unregisted device. he could receive ten years in prison. police say they found several weapons and two grenades when they searched his home in 2008. ts afternoon, the haitian embassy will mark the one-week anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the nation. a vigil will start at 4:30. there will be a moment of silence at 4:53. that's the exact moment the
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magnitude 7.0-quake struck. we'll take a break and have traffic and weather when we come back.
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some sunshine breaking, temperatures near 40 degrees, afternoon highs in the low 50s and partly cloudy. tomorrow, partly cloudy and cooler and cloudy thursday, chilly rain during the afternoon and early evening. late evening into friday morning, maybe a mix of sleet and snow, russ, how's the traffic? >> slow traffic on the beltway north of town, broken-door car on the outer loop. 210 accident near the intersection with fort washington road. heading out of points south towards dk. move to the left to get around it. eun, back to you. coming up tonight, lunch with lindsay and jason campbell,
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♪ if you need, you need me to be with you, i will follow you when you leave ♪ we're listening to the legendary singer and songwriter carole king, with one of her songs from her seminole album called "tapestry," and she's got a friend, another musical great. of course, we're talking about james taylor, and they're hitting the road together and they'll be here with a preview live tomorrow on "today." >> wow. huge talent. >> wouldn't that be fun to see that? >> great. meantime, still to come this half hour, how some of the healthiest countries in the world eat and stay slim and trim, from italy to japan to sweden. we're going to go over the five basic ingredients in their diets
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and give you the five global ingredients you might want to have in your pantry. all right, also ahead, if you like the layered look, but don't want to look too bulky or bundled up for winter. we'll tell you how to do it right. layering revealed. rules to dress by. and we'll talk to the people who make your kids love reading. first, let's head outside to los angeles, where al is keeping an eye on some storms there. hey, al, buddy. how are you doing? oh, we're doing well. good to see you back, ann, after your great reporting there in haiti. we're in la canada flintridge, where we had people evacuated yesterday. they're back in their homes, but we're watching one storm come in. that one's going to bring some rain, but a bigger storm coming in tomorrow into thursday. let's check it out, see what's happening for you. for today, we're expecting plenty of sunshine along the eastern seaboard, rain through the interior sections of new york, sunny on the gulf coast, heavy rain through the southwest. expect the heavy rain from northern california make its way into southern california. tomorrow, the risk of some
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strong storms through the gulf coast, rain through the mid-mississippi river valley. upper mississippi seeing some icy conditions. good morning, the morning clouds and the scattered sprink lts we had are now breaking up. temperatures climbing 30 to 40 degrees, now 39 in washington. highs today in the low 50s under a partly cloudy sky. tomorrow, partly cloudy and cooler. thursday, cloudy, could get chilly rain during the afternoon and evening hours, highs near 40. and maybe it will mix with some sleet and snow late thursday night into early friday. and perhaps a little light snow on friday, highs in the upper 30s. that's your latest weather, guys. back to you. >> all right, al, thanks. >> thanks. >> stay dry. coming up next, uncovering the styling secrets of the layered look. that's coming up right after this. veggies in your house?
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we'll look from the outside in, we'll look at the final look and peel back the layers as then show you how it's all done. >> exactly. >> first look is for the weekend. and to show us this look, let's bring out indera. now, we're seeing sort of her at the end stage of the game. she's ready to head out the door right now. tell us about this. >> exactly. she's wearing a relatively lightweight jacket with a fur trim hood and it's a fun pattern for the weekend. >> mixing the textures and patterns. she's doing that. >> and if she wants to take off the coat, you'll see she's wearing an l.l. bean down vest. this is great for the winter because it's cute, you can see everything underneath, but it's not bulky, just keeping the core warm. >> taking off the mittens and the vest. then we're down to -- >> and take off the scarf, so we can see the american apparel tunic. it's a huge trend. and this is great -- >> with the tights, right? >> yeah, the leggings. so, you can wear something fitted below and get away with more volume up top. you never want volume up top and volume below. it will make you look way
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heavier than you actually are. >> and under that layer -- >> she's wearing this jewel-tone thermal. >> and this is as far as we're going to go with her. not to worry, people. >> exactly. not too scandalous. this is kind of a glamorous version of a long john. >> okay. >> i stockpile these every winter. >> and it's a great layering piece, as you said. >> yes. >> so, let's show you again the steps if we were to layer her back up again. you can see the pieces with the chambray shirt on top and working our way back, this is the vest and then back to the coat and mittens and everything else and that's how we put the look together. it looks great. nicely done. thanks, indera. okay, second layered look is an evening outfit, so not as many layers here. our second model, juliette. she's ready to go to her event. >> it can be difficult to do layers for evening and for winter, but keep it streamlined. this is a faux fur jacket from zara, which is on sale. coats are now on sale, so it's a great time to buy one. >> absolutely. >> these long, elegant gloves. >> if she peels back that layer. >> right. take off that coat and you'll
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see she's really playing with texture, not so much with color, but the sequins. they're sort of a coppering color, more understated and more interesting than a traditional black sequin. >> that way you don't freeze as well. >> right. if you take off the capelet, you'll see this j. crew tank dress. and it's jersey. it's very forgiving, glances off her curves, it's not fitting, and because it's loose, she could wear long johns under there and no one will know. and you can wear this all year long. >> let's bring it back and dress it back up again. you'll see putting the sequin little jack back on her to make it more formal once again. >> and if you look closely, you'll see she's wearing a lace slip. that's just another extra touch. >> then back with the coat. and it works so well. great evening outfit. thank you, joliet. okay, then finally, our work look. and let's bring out our model, carrie to show us how we can get dressed up once again. this is her going to rk.
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>> poor kari. she's in six layers, extreme layering at its best. in an office, it's really important to be able to regulate your temperature. >> she's got the thick, wool scarf on. >> and her pea coat is cut voluminouinou voluminously. >> i have that same coat, h&m. great deal, it's great. >> and layer two cardigans. it sounds crazy, but it's a great way to stay bathroom. make sure the one on top is longer and thicker. >> okay, so, that's the trick there. >> and then you have a mint green cardigan, a great way to add color -- >> to the outfit. >> otherwise very corporate, work-related outfit. then the belt. if you're wearing lots of pieces of clothing and you want to accentuate your waistline, this is a great way to sort of bring it all in together. >> this would be hard through airport security. >> i know, right? but she still looks completely dressed, which is the great thing about layering. then finally, she's wearing a thin turtleneck and a crisp white button-down that differentiates between the gray -- >> you see that look a lot now.
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the layering thing is everywhere. let's show you how we put the outfit back together again. you see the pieces coming back on to her with the cardigan and now the gray cardigan on top and finally the coat and that really thick wool scarf. feel so much lighter now, right? you dropped about ten pounds in this segment. okay, let's bring all our models in for one last look. ladies, come on in. here they are back, stripped down to their final look. elise lunan, good job. >> thank you. >> gave us some good ideas on how to layer up, so thank you. coming up next, healthy diet secrets from around the globe, right after this. creating perfect hiding places? that's why there's new... aquafresh iso-active whitening. the revolutionary gel transforms into an active foam, that expands to protect between teeth. it removes three times more bacteria than regular paste as it whitens. plus, you get all the triple protection of aquafresh. remove more bacteria with the latest breakthrough in oral care. switch to new aquafresh iso-active whitening. this has been medifacts for aquafresh iso-active whitening.
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harley pasternak out to change that. he's got a new book called "the 5 factor world diet." she's sharing health secrets from some of the healthiest places in the world. harley, good morning. >> good morning. >> ts is an interesting idea. what gave you this idea? >> i grew up in the most ethnically diverse city in the world, toronto. so when we went out to dinner, there was no canadian food. we had japanese or italian or korean. so i became fascinated with the cuisines of the world and i travel with my clients on tour, and i don't see as many overweight people in other countries as here. >> and there are statistics to support that, right? >> yes. >> tell us about the statistics. >> the world health organization lists the countries with the longest lifespans in the world. they include japan, china, singapore, sweden, italy, spain, france, greece. and i looked at these countries and compared which ones are haeyth because of their diet, which ones are healthy because of socialized medicine, and i found these. >> let's take a look at italy. in italy, they eat a lot of tomatoes, which is very good for you. what else would you say about
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it? >> tomatoes, beans, chick peas, garbanzo beans. whole wheat pasta is something we can do here in the united states, which is high in fiber, high in protein. olive oils, balsamic vinegars, great seasoning, basil, oregano. >> really a lot of fresh eating, really. and in italy, that's really a great thing. now, when we move to japan, not only is it the food, but also some of the ways people eat. a lot of people are familiar with the food -- a lot of fish, seaweeds, soybeans and a lot of green tea, which is on the good list, but there's something else in japan where people don't eat until ey're full. >> it's not just about what you eat, it's how you eat. and when i studied these countries, this ceremony of eating was so important. so, they practice something called hari han buchme, and it basically means stop when you're 75% full and wait five or ten minutes, and if you're hungry still, go ahead and eat. but i want to okinawa and these people 100 years old, eating high amounts of soy, seaweed and fish, and it's amazing to see
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how old and healthy they are. >> and moving to sweden, there you see a lot of whole grains and yogurts, and what else should we know? >> there is such a contrast from the asian countries to sweden, because dairy is such a big part of the swedish diet, and looking at the thick yogurts you see in sweden, the berries they consume, such a different concept of healthy eating there, but the breads were interesting. they were heavy, dark, rich ryes with whole grains, so different from the bread we eat in the united states. >> is it fair to say these countries on your list and your book -- and we're only addressing three of them today -- a lot of them have maybe less preservatives, less chemicals in their foods? because that seems to be the takeaway looking at the table so far. >> some good, yeah. they're simpler. they don't have as many things -- for example, there's a snack bar that i looked at in japan that only has five ingredients in the whole bar. and when i look at some of the other bars in the united states, you have 10 to 20 to 30 ingredients. >> and you c't read or even know what they are, most of them. >> exactly. exactly. >> this is a table pulling together what's possible for us in the united states taking in some of these ideas.
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what do you suggest for americans in terms of what takeaway can they make from your ideas and your book in terms of improving their diets? >> there are certain ingredients like whole grains and beans. don't be scared of canned beans, they're just as healthy as fresh beans. they'll store for a long time. you can make soups, dips, salads. it's a great way to get fiber and protein in your diet. soy, again, very healthy in japan, a lot of china, korea, singapore. you can try soy milks. try -- make sure it's whole soy you're getting. whatever product, whether it's a soy bar or a soy milk, like veggie dogs -- >> my son loves these smart dogs. >> these are great. they're great for kids. >> taste good. >> chop them up, put toothpicks in them, dip them in mustard, they're delicious. yogurt, you can have dairy. this is a thick style yogurt. it's double or triple the protein. >> one of my favorites. >> and these are easy to find everything. >> harley, trying to keep people healthy. keep working on it and we'll try
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to get with the program. thank you. coming up next, award-winning children's books,
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the american library association's awards are considered the oscars of children's literature, and the 2010 winners have just been announced. >> rebecca steed is the prestigious newbery medal winner for the "when you reach me" and jerry pickney won the medal for his illustration in the book "the lion and the mouse." congratulations to both of you. >> thank you, thank you. >> and you're the president of the american library association. >> good morning. >> good morning to all. let's start with you, because rebecca, your book is really -- it's sort of a real-life story, but it has a fantastical element to it, as well tell me about that. >> that's exactly right. it goes through a lot of the ordinary experiences that -- >> every child growing up. >> -- every sixth grader might
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have. but then there is this mystery and sort of a streak of the fantastic. >> and jerry, your book is nearly wordless. >> thank you. >> you really let the illustrations tell the story. it's really stunning. what's your feeling this morning, hearing about getting this award? >> oh, i mean, to get this recognition about a story that's been coursing through my rains from as far back as i can remember, and also a book that speaks to family and of rewards in many, many ways. so, this morning, this day i can't tell you how pleased and thrilled i am. >> great. and we were talking about the selection process. >> right. >> it has to be -- i mean, these are the coveted prizes of th literary world. >> right. >> when it comes to children's literature. >> it does. >> how did you go about selecting? >> the american library association has juries that do
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this and read a lot, look a lot at the materials, and we celebrate excellence with these two awards, and it's the best of the best, and they're recognized not only nationally but internationally. >> and these books stand out because they do all of that, yeah. >> yeah, they do. >> thank you. >> these awards are so great because they help us know what to buy, and so kids are going to be influenced by your work.
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56 is your time now, 37 degrees, the sun is shining in the nation's capital. a nice day ahead, tom will have your forecast after the news. good morning, i'm eun yang, it's tuesday, january 19th, 2010. in the news, the haitian embassy is holding a commemoration of the one-week anniversary of the earthquake. the candlelight vigil is this afternoon on massachusetts avenue in northwest washington, it starts at 4:30 and there will be a moment of silence at 4:53. and you can find other ways of helping haiti's earthquake victims on our website, you'll find a list of legitimate organizations that are collecting donations. and there's a link in the middle of the home page. and you can search help once you get to the site. let's check the weather now with meteorologist tom kierein in the storm center. a partly cloudy day on the way, temperatures are climbing into the low 40s, we'll hit the low 50s later? afternoon. should be cooler tomorrow and cloudy thursday. it might even be raining an mix
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with sleet and snow thursday night. end on friday. over the weekend, we should get the sunshine back saturday. jim, how's the traffic? >> northbound 210 near the intersection with washington road, accident and delays. burrows, the service way is blocked. bus and beltway starting to get better, traffic heading west from college park to silver spring. tonight on news4 at 5:00, lunch with lindsay and jason campbell talks about what all the off-season c
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>and a big hello to everybody. it's tuesday, january 19 the. thank you for joining us today. hello, hoda woman, looking beautiful in red. >> and you look great in this new little number you've got on. >> my donald dear. he takes care of me. i want to thank everybody who has been taking care of my mom the last couple of days. everybody loves their mom and it appears an awful lot of people love mine. and it was a stroke. she did have a stroke. >> how is she doing today? >> she's good.
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she's the kind of person who doesn't regret very much in her love. she has a very deep seated faith and if the lord wants to take her today, although she's not quite ready to go, it's fine with her, you know. and she has a lot of peace. we're not quite ready to let her go, but thank you everybody for your prayers. >> if you want to know exactly her mom's personality, go back on the website and look at our christmas cooking segment. this woman has something special about her. >> about the funniest in all the 40 some years i've been in this business, maybe the funniest day and we've been laughing about it ever since. she's adorable. >> when i went to that thing in d.c. to give the speech, one of the most questions was when are you going to have your moms on? kathie lee's mom was insane. >> to actually cook what she was supposed to cook that day. lots going on. the lenno and conan thing continues. >> jay decided to come out on his show -- they've been joking and passing barbs, but last night jay got serious. >> he got serious.
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>> he made a statement about himself and conan. let's listen to his statement from last night. if you don't get the ratings, they take you off the air. i think you know in this town, you can do almost anything, if they get the ratings, they keep you on the air. i wasn't getting the ratings, he wasn't getting the ratings. they say if he decides to walk, will you take the show back? i said yeah, i'll take the show back if that's what he wants to do. that way we can keep all our people working, fine. that's pretty much where we are. it looks like we might be back at 11:30. i'm not sure. i don't know. but through all of this -- >> okay. and he went on to say how he has respect for conan. >> they're friends. >> conan is a gentleman. did he say they're friends? he said have no animosity. >> yeah, he basically said he was a good guy. >> this he don't get along like you and i do. they don't go to lunch and theater together. >> they're not like that. jeff zucker, who people have
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been reading a lot about in the paper and the press, head ncho of nbc universal also went on tv. >> an the can charlie rose show. >> yesterday and he had some things to say. >> we've been waiting to hear from jeff, so this is good. >> i think it's the sign of a leader to step up and say, you know, when something is not working to have the guts to reverse it. the worst thing you can do is to let that mistake linger. and, really, that's what we've tried to do here. we tried to correct something that didn't work. we're not in denial about that. we're not burying our heads. we're talking about moving back a program a half hour, a program that was not making money for us at nbc. but the amount of heap of scorn that has been put on this is really -- it's just completely out of whack to the degree of what really is important here. >> it's out of proportion. >> yeah. >> definitely is. >> and i have to say, when someone says that basically we made a mistake -- >> yeah, and i'm responsible.
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>> i respect that. i think that is a sign of someone who is a leader. you say, look, we maud a mistake. we're trying to correct it, and here is where we are. >> the truth is, every time you try to put something on television, it's a risk, you know. everything is a risk. this pilot season coming along, they have to look at those pilots and decide which one might be able to -- spend a lot of money making a pilot, put a lot of money into promoting it and make deals and look how many of them don't make it. >> don't succeed. it's weird for us reporting on it, i have to say, because they are our people. people are in our building. they're upstairs. you know them. >> relationships. >> and then they become the news story and it's a very strange thing to be on the other side. >> it's true, if you don't get rate iings, you're not going to last. it's not a personality contest in that way. >> no. it's called show business, not show friend. >> right. anyway, in massachusetts, there is a big special senate election going on. it is huge. this is what makes it so interesting. there's a democratic candidate, martha coakley, who was way out
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in front at christmastime, 30 points ahead, it looked like a land slide, good-bye, everybody. >> she's the attorney general of the commonwealth. >> right. the guy running against her, scott brown, a republican, got in the race against her and slowly, since christmastime, started eating away at her lead. >> a 30-point lead at some point. >> yes and now the polls have him in front. some have him in front by double digits. she, some are criticizing her because she hasn't been out, doing a lot of campaigning. >> running a classic, sort of traditional race. >> and you sort of wonder -- i've been wondering this, too, where the kennedy kids r we saw vicky, teddy kennedy's widow, speaking for her. >> then we saw patrick. was it patrick, i believe, who sent out an e-mail to his constituents to vote for -- but he called her marcia three times. it doesn't seem there's a relationship there.
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i call you koda sometimes. regis said how is my koda? you tell koda hello. i said it's marcia. anyway, that shows a disconnect, doesn't it? enormous disconnect. >> they say if she ends up winning it would be an upset because now he's in front. >> it's an upset, but not quite the same story. then the 60 majority in the senate does not change. >> right. >> but an upset in that specific election. >> and perhaps health care, as it is being presented now, is off the -- >> the question is, is this a referendum on obama's policy or is it a referendum on this woman doesn't know how to run a campaign well? it's interesting. >> remember the history. romney was governor, when he was the one who was the architect of their state health care plan. so, i'm not sure they're sensing this need for health care in the same way that people in the rest of the states are. >> sure. >> but there is a big, big disconnect. i think most people feel with the fact that we elect these people, regardless of what party, and then they stop
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listening to us. all they want is our vote but they don't want our say. they don't want to hear our voice. >> they're done. >> and i think the best thing that was said is this is not ted kennedy's seat, bless his soul. this is the seat of the people of the good state of massachusetts. and let's all remember that. >> yes. i agree with that. >> i can't run. i'm sorry. i can't solve all the problems. >> well, hello! >> i am just too busy here with koda. >> stop it! there is a new study out that says that women are becoming the dominant provider in one in five marriages. that means women are outearning their husbands, which raises an interesting question among women, i think. it can be a little awkward when the woman is the main bre breadwinner. in a way it immasculates the man. >> totally depends on the man.
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when i met frank he made more than i did. in about a year, i eclipsed him and you've never seen a happier man in my life. he says good-bye my little cash cow. now the cow has run dry, if you know what i'm aying, but -- totally run dry. we used to laugh about it, because he had proven everything he needed to prove, you know what i'm saying? >> he's frank gifford. >> i know. that's m-- >> a lot of guys are just regular guys who are being out-earned. >> most men are grateful for the money that's coming in. women only make 75 cents on the dollar that men do, that's -- >> don't you think women -- for a lot of women, there's some resentment that comes along with t you feel like, gorks i feel like i have to do everybothing. i have to pay the bills, do this and do that. >> if he's laying on the couch, yeah. but if he just happen ed to choose a life path that just -- >> that's different. no, that's different. >> look at teachers, probably the most important people in the world, teachers.
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they get paid so little for what they do, and another guy goes off and works for the nba and gets paid outrageously. >> i think it depends on that, but i think it's a little weird if when the bills come you have to write all the checks. it can get strange for some men. not all men, but some. >> when he looks at me and says you're spending too much money, part of us wants to go, oh, really? let's talk about that. but he's right. i am. i do. i do. >> but you are allowed because you're making it. >> you can't -- my daddy said, and he's right, if you don't have it in your pocket, you can't afford it., drum roll, please, the number five most desirable woman of 2010, jessica alba, number four is alexandra ambrosia, victoria secret model. >> what does she have that koda doesn't? >> kate beckensail, number two, melissa miller and from entourage, emanuel shriki.
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>> exactly. >> all good choices. we love sara haines. >> i didn't make the list. i'm just saying. >> some of the ladies here at nbc did. >> giada did. >> they left a few women off. you know what i'm saying? >> let us not forget our fans today, five tivo hds, they need to right pick me for tivo hd. >> i like the rhyming. coming up next, a little film that's getting a lot bigger. >> wll talk with "hurt locker's" anthony mackey.
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us working together means i talk to you and you talk to me. no, we're going on a mission and my job is to keep you safe so we can keep going on missions. >> this was such an intense movie. i love it. that's actor anthony mackie in the three-time golden globe nominated film "e hurt locker." >> calling it the best american feature yet made about the war in iraq. anthony plays a soldier at that war. thank you for coming. >> thank you for having me. >> you're the all business, do it by the book good soldier. >> my first good guy role. i wanted to get it right.
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>> what attracted you to that role? >> the script. at the time i was a young, successful actor and he kind of relates to every common man or woman and he really tells the story of just lineage and trying to make it home, get your friends to make it home alive. there's something real beautiful about it. >> i hope you take this as the compliment it's meant to be. you remind me of a young sam jackson. >> for real? >> yeah. >> i hope sam heard that. >> and he's not that old, but he also can play pretty much anything. >> sam is my man. sam has been a great friend and mentor of mine. >> i didn't know that. >> about three years now. really when i was all lost and confused and didn't know what i was going to do, he kind of came to me and looked out for me. >> that's so important. i've done that for hoda and i'm tell iing you -- no, it's important. >> were you surprised about just the success of this film and just how it caught on? it seemed like kind of a small film that came out in a crowded field. >> when you're in 120-degree heat, laying around in 20 pounds of gear and sand all over
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everywhere, you never think that this is going to come out of it. it's such a small film, you never know what's going to come about when it comes out. i feel like kathryn did a great job. >> kathryn bigelow had a great track record of making big little films. >> exactly. it was so dynamic. we shot for so long. it was so crazy. >> in jordan, right? >> in jordan. the people were so wonderful. you never know what to expect. >> you have a theater background, is that right? >> i do. >> what did you do in theater? >> my first job i did a play called "up against the wind" at new york theater workshop, roundabout and second stage. now i'm on broadway with christopher walken doing "handing in spo kane." it's doing well. christopher walken is an amazing dude and sam is sam. and zoe kazan is a dynamic
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actress. >> i want to take us off point for a second. i read you are a huge fan of that mtv show "the jersey shore." they had all the hollywood stars who liked it, and you were one. what is the story with that? >> no, i'm -- it's so ridiculous, it's so absurdly ridiculous that i can't help but tch it. >> it's like watching a train wreck? >> that dude, the situation, i just want to -- his whole situation. he's a genius. >> what about your personal life? we were asking you beforehand what your pick would be on the top 50 of the hottest women. >> it's hard. looking at it, i think -- i was flabbergasted that beyonce wasn't on there. >> she is, just not the top five. >> i don't know how she's not in the top two. i don't know who voted. >> and the other one would be. >> selma hayek, fighting traffic. i don't know. >> we have something in common, a new orleans connection. >> that's right, 504. go saints. >> what do you think? are you ready? >> i think we're going to the
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super bowl. i've already rented out my place. we're going to the super bowl. >> look at you. >> that's great. >> i actually met you in new orleans, yeah, when i was about -- >> how old were you? >> i was 14, yeah. >> i hope you're kidding. >> no, i'm dead serious. >> where? where? where? >> i was 14, and i came at you hard. >> you did? >> i was like, hoda, listen, you know. >> where did you go to school? >> i went to warren easton but a friend of mine was one of those little high school interns and she was working at the network and she brought me over and i met you. i told you how much i loved you and when i grew up, you know -- >> isn't that the sweetest. >> oh, my god! you just made my day. thank you. >> i just wanted you to know that because now, you know, i'm all grown up. >> you sure have. >> yeah. >> yes, you have. >> in all the right places. >> i mean, i tell my girl every day -- i've never met the guy who has a problem with a woman making more money than him. i've never met that guy. i think now we're at a
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disadvantage because most guys prefer that, because they never want to leave their playstations. >> that's right. >> it's like, go to work, baby. this house will be clean. bubble bath. >> and the refrigerator full. >> there you go! >> have an awesome super bowl. >> so sweet. >> congratulations on "the hurt locker." >> thank you. >> thank you. so sweet. great to see you too. >> sexual tension here. up next, glamour girl hit the grocery store to turn a fashion don't into a definite do after this.
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we are back with "today's" don'ts to dos. >> hitting the whole foods market to see who needed a little, you know, help, along with her soup. here it goes. >> you again? we're here at whole foods market where the food looks phenomenal. let's check out the fashion. >> one of my favorite things. note to self. when you wear a jacket and you're wearing it with a skirt, you want your skirt to be shorter than your jacket. you put your belt on this yourself, right? >> no. >> did it come with the jacket? >> no. >> she put a twist to it. that's why it looks great. whole foods chic. love the ruffle, the scarf, even
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have cool hair. head to toe. this is pretty dangerous. too long, frayed. some people might think she's doing it on purpose but i know her secret. quick little tip. pants. you're too pretty to wear leg warmers. wild whole foods outfit. >> shorts and leggings, i was at the gym. >> this handbag is done. yea! we're here at made well, the best store for jeans and everything that goes with it. basically where vintage meets new. >> i don't have a style. i wear lots of like sweatshirts and zip-up hoodies. >> one for you. two for me. >> day-to-day it's maybe some old, really old cheap jeans and a plain t-shirt. my ideal look? something simple but kind of funky. i'm a city girl, through and
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through. so, something that is manhattan. that's not this. >> and suzie yalo schwartz is here to tell us what she has done with her victim. >> the problem is, that was her uniform, this oversized queens college sweatshirt. >> comfortable, though. >> it's comfortable, but keep it in the bedroom or at home. you don't want to get caught out looking like that, except by me because then i take you shopping. >> here is claire's before picture again. so we can look at her. come on out, claire. let's see what you got. >> claire needed a new uniform. >> okay. wow! >> that's adorable. >> very cute. very cute. >> this is by made well. i was so lucky, because kim lee, the designer, was there. she was helping me look through all the clothes and we ended up buying that blazer. everyone in "glamour" magazine own s that blazer. >> why did you like it? >> the arms are really tight and it cuts right above the shoulderer so it doesn't make you look brouder in the shoulder
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and it's long. it covers up everything. >> is it wool? >> it's a wool blend, little thinker. >> i love the jeans and boots together. >> a lot of people think you should wear black boots, but to put something gray with it gives it a twist and makes it look lighter. i also like the fact that we rew on some bling. easy thing to do, to dress up anything. isn't that a great necklace? >> it is cute. >> what do you think? >> i love t i feel amazing. >> never wear that sweatshirt again. suzie will get you, ever, ever. >> the class body bag, too. this is the perfect weekend bag. >> got to run, darling. thank you very much! tv journalist and working mom whose fall down a flight of stairs changed her life.
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coming up today at midday. >> coming up on "news4 midday," the latest from haiti and the dwraumtic rescues taking place. plus, you better think twice before you order that starbucks, why a complex order is becoming a cost to you. "news4 midday" starts at 11:00, we hope you'll join us.
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we're back on this tuesday with more of "today" and a list of foods you should have stocked in your refrigerator. >> especially if you are prone to bruises and warts, okay? >> and you know who you are. >> searched some natural ingredients that have proved the power to heal or all kinds of conditions. and leslie from you're not a nutritionist, but you do know a lot of things about nutrition. >> and i talked to experts for these products we're going to talk about. we all get aches and pains and bumps and bruises. if anything is really severe and symptoms keep persist iing, see doctor. >> let's start here at this end. this is a cure for jet lag, we
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say, right? cherries. >> cherries are -- tart cherries are rich in melatonin, that helps to regulate your sleep and wake cycle. if you're traveling east -- say new york to london, before you -- when you're taking off, pop a handful of dried cherries before you try to take a nap on the plane and every night have another handful of dried cherries before you go to bed. >> while you're in europe? >> or wherever you are. do it for the number of nights is the number of hours you've been flying. if it's a five-hour time change, do it for five nights. >> that's interesting. >> so, this is cherry drink. what's this for? >> cherry juice is delicious. the reason this will work for post workout muscle soreness is that -- kind of tart. >> cherry juice, boy. >> they have an inherent anti-inflammatory property. runners who drink cherry juice will find they have less soreness. >> this is for bruising. if you bruise easily or get a lot of bruises, you're saying eat pineapple? >> i'm a big klutz so i eat
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pineapple a lot. they're rich in enzymes. what these do, they are the active ingredients in meat tenderizer. if you l the ingredients, this has bromelin in it. it helps to break down the steak and your body, red blood cells that are forming under the skin, you eat this and it helps to break it up. >> you've tried it? >> i tried this myself. i was talking with a very well-known plastic surgeon, dr. robert collar in beverly hills and he tells his nose job patients to have this as part of their recovery. >> rhinoplasty. >> for those of you with halitocis, you know who you are -- bad breath. >> kefir, valentine's day is coming up. bad breath is caused by odor-causing bacteria at grow in the mouth. kefir is one of the hottest super foods, really rich in
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probiotics and healthy bacteria. you drink it, not swish it like am mouthwash. build yourself up. by the time you're ready to kiss, you're perfect. >> good to go? >> yes. >> har these little gems, plums? you want to try? >> i don't know. >> i bet they're sweet and delicious. try it. >> oh, you did it. >> not too crazy about those. >> this plum is a very salty, sour, pickled plum great for getting rid of a hangover. >> i knew what it was. >> it's not so awful. i don't like sweet stuff. so it's good. >> what's it for? >> getting rid of a hangover. >> oh. >> get in there. >> in that case. >> pop it in your mouth, south carolina on suck on it, it willt rid of a hangover. >> ginger alley is great for stomach upset. >> you want to eat ginger products like cut little slices of ginger and sep them in hot
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water to make tea. suck on ginger candies if you're pregnant for morning sickness and chemotherapy induced nausea, very, very significantly helps. >> for those of you with was and you know who you are, what do you do with the egg plant? >> you're going to want to slice it very, very thin, almost paper thin. you apply it over the wart, bandage it. >> really? >> the theory is that it works by constantly agitating the site and that makes your immune system -- it simulates it to help send healing toward the site of the wart. >> that's a bit of a stretch. >> leslie, thank you so much. >> thank you very much, leslie. >> check out leslie's blog by going on or ivillage community. mika brzezinski with losing it all.
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it is a constant struggle for women, balancing work and family and pretty much everything else that goes on in your house. >> one famous mom, msnbc's mika brzezinski, co-host of "morning joe" says it almost devastated her family. her new memoir "all things at once." >> first of all, it's hot, number 14 on "the new york times" best selling list. >> i've heard that. >> have you heard that rumor? >> yeah. it's maying. it's been pretty well received. i wasn't sure how well it would
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go. >> even within your family ranks, i read. >> yes. >> your mother, what was her reaction? >> the book was a lot about her. it's dedicated to her yet when the galleys, the rough draft were hanging around their summer place, my daughter called me and said, mommy, grandma has read the book and written all over it and crossed it out and said, lies, lies, lies, because i talked about how she served road kill to leaders in washington when my father worked in the white house. she's a fabulous artistic person and i'm not sure she felt like that story needed to be retold. >> out of the gate in your book, you grab everybody and tell a riveting story about how you're holding your 4-month-old dauger. >> yeah. >> and you were exhausted from work, you fell down the stairs. tell us a little bit about that story. >> i had taken a very brief maternity leave after our second child and i was working the overnight shift. and i thought i could do it all. let alone have it all, forget that. and i was trying to do it all, be the perfect wife, be like the
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perfect mother, be the perfect network correspondent/anchor. it seemed so easy for other women. i was spinning around and i got so tired that i did have this fall. and it was the worst day of my life. >> because of what happened to your daughter, too. she was in -- >> i hit rock bottom. she -- they thought her back was broken. >> can you imagine? >> ultimately, it was her femur and she was in a -- she was in traction for five weeks and in a body cast for eight weeks. and that was quite a price to pay. what i talk about here, which is generating some conversation, is our decision as a family for me to actually ramp up on the career and nurture it more as opposed to quitting. >> you were criticized for it south florida. >> absolutely. >> how tough of a decision was that? part of you probably said i should stay home. >> no, i wanted to say that. i said it. i was more than willing. work it become the enemy at that point. >> you felt so guilty. >> i felt so guilty. and instead my husband, actually, encouraged me to go back and do it right.
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prioritize. you know what? figure out how to do one thing at a time. and sometimes that's not your children when you're making work choices, you can't always choose your children first. this is a hard thing for women to admit. sometimes seed authority of their children completely to someone else, their husband or caregiver and throw themselves into their work in oer to nurture it through a certain stage. that's what we decided to do. >> wow! >> he comes off like quite the hero. >> he was a hero, especially during that -- probably the darkest time for me. >> you were also fired. this hurts every woman, fired on your 39th birthday from a very high-profile job. >> very bad day. >> not a good day, from another network. >> fired from cbs. >> how did that work? >>. >> how did that work? they said you're fired. it was sad. i didn't - >> you didn't see it coming? >> there was a little bit of a bulls eye on my back. they hired katie couric, i was supposed to be the sunday anchor and "60 minutes" wednesday, it
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was canceled. what were they going to do with me? they were trying to figure out and ultimately decided it was not a good business decision to keep me. so, they let me go. >> you have a theory in your book you call the shiny penny theory. i think that's an interesting theory. >> and the bad boyfriend. >> is so important. the shiny penny in this business is you're young, you're pretty and you're the new thing on the scene. and they're so surprised that you can do so many things on television. and you guys know, it's not brain surgery what we do, okay? but for some reason, the shiny penny happens a couple of times in a career if you're lucky, but then you have to figure out how to become a nickel or a dime. and, you know, transcend that. because it only lasts a certain amount of time. and, ultimately, i say in the book that one shouldn't allow your job to become a bad boyfriend. you guys know what a bad boyboy friend is? have you ever had one? someone you give everything to, you live with, sleep with, cook for, you get his dry cleaning and you think he's going to
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marry you, and he never does. so many jobs in ts business, you're scramble iing, you're freelance, work ing weekends and you're working all shifts thinking you'll get that contract or thinking you'll get that next job. >> love him even more. >> you need to know your value. >> paris hilton story, my favorite story in the book. you said this should not be at the top of the news and you should refuse to read the prompter. >> i remember that was a game changer -- >> her defining moment. >> she lit it on fire. it was beyond not reading it. >> she said if it kept cong up, be she was going to burn it. and then you shredded it. >> it was a fun moment on television. that wasn't the lead story. it was crap. complete, you know what. >> manure. >> i remember thinking, i might get fired. been there, done that. then the woman on the herbal essence commercial like, yes, yes, yes, it feels so good because it's true. it's manure. >> bad taste in your mouth.
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time now for "today's" style and beating the winter blues with a little help from your own wardrobe. >> that's right. with the holidays behind us and spring a few months away, we have enlisted pamela edwards-christiani. congratulations onour marriage from "essence" magazine. we're going to use what we have to spruce things up already,s that right? >> because the bills are coming in. >> yesterday was considered blue monday. >> looking at your tummy, all the weight you gained on the
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holidays. >> we can have fun with fashion with our own wardrobe. >> let's do it. >> first up is kasha. she is wearing a textured look. >> right. >> tell us about -- >> very tall kasha, we should say. >> we can have fun with texture, certainly. everyone has jeans. most of us have a leather jacket in our wardrobe. >> i don't have jeans like that. >> we took this great faux fur vest and put it on top of the jacket from macy's, very affordable and guilt free, faux fur. we have the faux fur accented boots as well only $36. >> what? >> from charlotte russe. >> that vest is only $68. >> that's right. >> wow! >> faux fur trim, she looks chic. anyone can wear this not just 20-year-olds. >> for six-foot 20-year-olds? >> or six-foot 60-year-olds. >> up next is terile. she has a hint of an animal accent. >> this is about lifting your office look. she took the belt from the dress and put it around the cardigan,
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very first lady style. we took these animal accents, fish brochure and animal print ring as well as the wallet and wonderful animal print shoe. >> those look expensive, though. >> nine west. >> what? >> $60. >> i like that little purse. >> the little wallet, can you reach into your dark black purse and there's that fun animal printed wallet. it lifts your look. >> what age is this appropriate for, do you think? >> this is a work dress, so to speak. if it were a little longer you could wear that if you were over 40, so to speak. i would think anyone in the workplace from 20 on up can wear this. >> are animal accents hot? >> very hot and an easy way to lift your look. >> we need to get with it. reanna is next, incorporating color. >> she has a lot of color going on. >> i like it. >> bold, bright color, so to speak. don't be afraid of it. it will make you feel better this season. electric pink sweater dress on,
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as well as the circle scarf. they're very hot right now. >> i've seen a lot of those. >> you can wear that circle scarf with a neurtral-toned dress. >> the gloves really -- you're going color, color, color, aren't you, pamela? >> those are excellent. that's right. black winter coat on with the yellow scarf and the purple gloves, how pretty would that be? >> tell us about the boots. >> from stwberry, about 30 bucks. aren't they cute? >> you found really affordable pieces. >> that's right. each piece is under $100. >> big, big sales right now, too. >> thank you so much. last, we have lyric. lyric has -- we love winter white. >> we do. >> this is my favorite. so classic. >> it is. >> tell us about it. >> it's nice to incorporate classics. sometimes we're afraid to wear that white head to toe. you don't want to get dirty. this coat is $36. >> no, it isn't. >> yes. >> where? >> also charlotte ruuse,
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wonderful place that knocks things off beautiful. >> is that available all over the country? >> nationwide. and pop of orange with the glove is also a wonderful accent. >> what kind of shirt? white turtleneck? >> white turtleneck. >> i love that. and the boots too. >> those are great. >> inexpensive. >> lyric, you look lyrical. just gorgeous. >> great job, pamela. everything is affordable. i love that part of it, too. >> happy new year. >> thank you, ladies. >> thanks, ladies. we'll be back with more of "today" on nbc.
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it is national popcorn day, people. we thought you need to know that. we'll do a little taste testing here. i always go for the classic. >> what do you like? >> movie style. >> in the front we have this one, popcorn indiana, cinnamon flavored. it's like cracker jack kind of, but not as heavy. it's delicious. >> cinnamon doesn't add calories. >> i wouldn't think so, but it's
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sweet. >> you love that. >> what's the bacon? >> i tried the bacon. >> you don't like it? >> it's too strong. >> what do you like, sarah? >> the bacon, i was shocked. jim, what did you like? >> the butter. >> that' boring. >> what else is going on? >> jimmie johnson was so nice to sign some flags, lunch boxes and some books. we want you to go to our fan wall and write, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. >> we loved him. such a great guest, wasn't he? >> surprisingly hot. >> so sweet. >> what a doll. >> so in love with his wife. >> they're having a baby. >> they're having a baby. >> and hot. >> you could tell this was a solid guy. i don't know. i love that. i love love. >> yes, you do. >> mom, i'm thinking about you, praying about you. i'll call you in a little bit. >> we all are, yes. tomorrow -- >> stop it! >> james taylor and carole king together here, live. >> plus the one pair of jeans that "self" magazine says, believe this, looks good on every type of body.
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we're going to put those jeans to the test. >> i don't know. >> it's critical. >> i don't know how that could be. >> we want to see. >> plus election results. >> we want to see. >> plus election results. have a terrific day, everybody. -- captions by vitac --
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